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“Dear Lord, as I honor my fallen fam­ily mem­bers and com­rades on this day, the way oth­ers dis­honor them weighs heav­ily on my heart. As some­one who served in Viet­nam and has lost more fam­ily and friends to war than I can count on one hand, I re­mem­ber when the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ated our ser­vice. But now they turn to their beach par­ties and daiquiris in to­tal in­dif­fer­ence. They seem un­aware that their fun is made pos­si­ble by their free­dom—free­dom that oth­ers died for. I know what I’ll see on Face­book to­day: photo af­ter photo of peo­ple ‘liv­ing it up’ with­out a care to those who sac­ri­ficed to make their hap­pi­ness pos­si­ble. I feel eaten up with re­sent­ment and sim­mer­ing anger, like I’m in a bat­tle of my own. I used to be so proud of my coun­try! How do I get that feel­ing back when so many fail to sup­port the he­roes who sac­ri­ficed all to make all we have pos­si­ble?”

—Peter in his first let­ter to the ex­iles, 3:13–14

Wis­dom of the Word

Now who is there to harm you if you are zeal­ous for what is good? But even if you should suf­fer for righ­teous­ness’ sake, you will be blessed. We un­der­stand and yet…

Whether we serve in the mil­i­tary or sac­ri­fice in other ways to help our neigh­bor, it’s painful when those we serve don’t sup­port us. We give so much, only to be dis­missed or down­right dis­re­spected by the very peo­ple we’re giv­ing to. How do we com­bat our feel­ings of be­trayal?

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