Remembering With Gratitude

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We took the girls to Arlington Cemetery this week, and as we walked the paths through this solemn place, I was reminded of this quote:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

–Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address – November, 1863

Both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces during World War II – one in the Navy and one in the Army.  To those of you who served or serve today, thank you.  A grateful nation remembers today those who gave the last full measure of devotion to ensure our freedom to worship and serve God.

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7 thoughts on “Remembering With Gratitude

  1. Hey William! How are things? I’ve been reading your book (along with Love Does, All-In and Becoming Myself… so it’s taking a while!) but I’ve been so blessed by your leadership and influence in my life.
    So I think more people need to be influenced by YOU! My friend from college is starting a chain-writing. nomination-based writing competition. I nominated you 🙂 Because bloggers need to reach as many people with the gospel! Are you interested? Check out my post with the explanation of how to spread the word. http://goo.gl/V0A9aQ

    I think it’ll be fun!

    • Hey Brittany – it’s awesome to hear from you! Things are good here – gearing up for my last doctoral seminars next week, and then the dissertation begins in earnest! Thank you for your super kind words – I am humbled by them and your nomination – wow. And yeah, I’m in! I’ll post this tonight or tomorrow – looks like fun!

  2. Wow, how did I forget/ miss you are studying for your doctorate?! 🙂 Praise the Lord. He can do anything using a willing servant. Pray for SCC often! Looking forward to this blogging!

    • Yeah, I started it about a year and a half ago – it’s been great to be back in a structured study program, but I had no idea how much reading was involved – holy cow! God can indeed do anything, and I’m praying He continues to grow me – I have a long way to go! I pray for you guys too – I hope things are good in Texas! Did I read correctly in your last blog something about a new job potentially?

      • Amazing! Readers are leaders you always say! And I’m sure you have all the know-how!
        It is a definite possibility. And that’s all I can say for now. 🙂 God is doing some amazing things! Praying He continues to grow and stretch me too! You have a leg up on your knowledge of the Word from this, too! Good thing you read like 1,000 words a minute or something like that 😉

          • Yes- thanks prayers appreciated. Sometimes God does something really unexpected, like a lot of change. Not sure why– but I know He has never left us alone and He is so faithful!
            I’ll be praying for you! maybe 800 words per minute? 😉

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