There’s No Place Like Home

There are many times in my reading of the Bible that I come to those dreaded passages with long lists of names.  Those lists are scattered throughout Genesis and especially the book of 1st Chronicles as well as in other places.  It took a while before I realized that those lists are there because the writers wanted the readers to know how important those people were.  In the 2nd book written by Samuel there is a list of what the author calls the mighty men.  These are the men that the author wanted the reader to take special note of, including why they are listed.  Their exploits are listed right along with their names.  I wonder if these men deserved recognition because they were the ones responsible for defending the homeland of the people of Israel.

This upcoming 9/11 weekend will bring about very difficult and painful memories across our nation.  In churches and houses of worship, in community centers, government and civic ceremonies around our country we will be mourning again, the loss of thousands of lives.  But let’s not just focus on the tragic events of that day.  Let us also pay honor to the brave men and women who didn’t just lose their lives, but willingly sacrificed them to help save others.  Let’s also pay respect to all those who continue to protect and guard our way of life so that we can stay safe at home.  Let’s write their names and their exploits on our hearts for eternity.

No political speeches or rallies this weekend to point out what went wrong or what could have been done; let’s just come together as a nation and be there to honor the memories and to support the families of those who were there for us.

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