Daily Devotion Monday, November 11

Monday, November 11, 2013 – Psalm 102; Nehemiah 9:1-15 (16-25) or Nehemiah 2:1-20;
Revelation 18:1-8 and Matthew 15:1-20

Psalm 102 – 12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
your name endures to all generations.
13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to favor it;
the appointed time has come.

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height,
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,

Today, I give thanks that it is God who sees us through all the deep dark valleys of life and guides us to the mountain tops of life. God never abandons us. God is always with us.

Today, I’m also giving thanks for all the veterans of my family. Each served our country faithfully and strived to help keep us free.

My dad – WWII; my grandpa Ackerman – WWI; my brother Larry Viet Nam; my Uncle John who served in the Navy; My brother-in-law Larry Howell; Phyllis’ brother-in-law Mark Brackney – Iraq; Zack Brackney – Iraq and Grandson David as a SeaBee.  As I name mine, may you also name yours and gives thanks for their service. I have many veterans in my congregation, I give thanks for each and every one of them and their service to our country.

Many veterans carry physical and emotional scars from their time of sevice. May God the great healer abide with each and help each as they remember the many hard times of service and may the good times far outweigh the bad.

God bless each and every one of you. Thanks for your service to our country. Thanks for giving your all that we might be free.

O God, be with all who have served in the military. I give thanks for each one. Be especially with those who were injured or carry emotional scars from their time of service. Help us as a nation and as people show our appreciation for all who help keep us free. Thanks for watching over them. Be with them today. Amen.

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