This post acknowledges all service men and women for their dedication. It is customary to say to those who currently serve or have served in the military, "Thanks for your service." I commend them for their desire to guard, protect, and sacrifice their time.
All six branches of the military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the Space Force - initiated in 2019) require basic training. New recruits learn various skills depending on which
branch of the military they enlist. Training includes chemical warfare, discipline, military police, strength, teamwork, traditions and policies, and weaponry handling, etc. I admire their perseverance in finishing basic training.
Military service disrupts families when service personnel report for duty outside their home base.
Families may or may accompany the military service member. That's why it is important to encourage
the whole family. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, here are ideas to show concern:
Invite a military person to your house for a holiday dinner
Write a letter to a service member overseas
Send a military care package for Christmas
Adopt a family with children
Visit a senior service member in a nursing home
Contact a local DAV (Disabled American Veteran) and help transporting a veteran to and from medical appointments
Offer home repairs or do chores if they are disabled
Assist with reentry once they return home: finding jobs, securing educational or vocational
Let us pray for soldiers' safety as Psalm 91:10-11 reminds us: "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Calls to Action:
Pick one thing to support a veteran with between now and year-end.
Share a concept about prayer from "Fully Persuaded Fatih" with your veteran contact or share a potential job idea from "Live Abundantly". Both are available on: https://www.marilynnjames.com