Dear Peachtree Family,
This Sunday, November 11, is the day we honor those men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Veterans Day is the same day as the lesser recognized, yet historic, Armistice Day. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice agreement was signed to end combat in “The War to End All Wars.” 100 years later, to the day, we honor those who served and sacrificed in what unfortunately became known as World War I.
World War II began for the United States just over 20 years later and our brave men and women once again served and sacrificed to defeat and defend against a tyranny of evil previously unimaginable. Today, war seems to be a constant state of affairs. Thankfully, we are not experiencing the horrific loss of life we did in the wars of the 20th century, but the bravery and sacrifice of those in our Armed Services is no less significant or honorable.
On Sunday, at 11:00 am, our bells will ring along with those of thousands of other churches all across the nation to honor the memory of men and women who served in World War I. We will also recognize our current veterans and thank each of them for their commitment and bravery in the service of our nation. As we commemorate their military service, I encourage you to join in this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils that beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We know that someday war will end and hostility will cease. Jesus speaks clearly in His Sermon on the Mount when he says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Let us, His children, seek every opportunity to bring the restoration of peace and love to our nation and to our world, so that we will truly be able to celebrate the end of all wars.
With hope in Christ,