By Rosie Moore

“O, Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not thou forget me.” This prayer was uttered by a soldier before a battle in the English Civil War. His name was Sir Jacob Astly. Some of our days on earth can be like a series of little wars on many fronts. How consumed we can become by them, by the energy and attention they require of us. If we forget God in the heat of the battle, however, He does not forget us. and when we become mindful again of our need for him, he is just as near as he was the last time we were fully aware of his presence.” I found these words in my little book of Daily Psalms and Prayers.

“War is Hell,” said William Tecumseh Sherman, the mayor of Atlanta, during the Civil War. It is hard to comprehend the horror of war, especially to those who have had, or do have, sons, or fathers, or other relatives in the military. I count myself so fortunate that my sons or anyone in my immediate family never had to participate in a war. By sheer luck, their birthdays narrowly missed the age to be drafted. I did know of quite a few friends who had their loved ones die in a war. It affects nearly everyone in one way or another. And it hurts.

Sunday, November 11, is an official United States public holiday observed annually that honors military veterans, proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in wars, but to honor those who have served. We will honor those in  few weeks but, let’s not forget that God does not forget those who are too busy protecting our country that they might forget Him for a few moments.

Thought for the day: Terror thrives on uncertainty. While we may not know what the future holds, but we certainly know who holds the future.

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