A READER ASKS
“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?