In my early counseling classes, we had a chance to work with injured soldiers. It was an interesting look at what goes on in a war behind the eyes of what you see on television. Most of us think about war and military as big bombs, airplanes, submarines, and ships sailing all over the world; but the real battle is happening once all that stuff is over.
On this Memorial Day, I just wanted to take a second and remember those who are dealing with issues that are silent. They are working through the tragic horrors of war, whether they be hurting another human, living in the stress of defending, or even working through the death of a friend. There are many who come back from war who need special attention we can't necessarily see on the outside.
After all, what kind of soldier wants to admit to not being able to sleep well at night? Or, who wants to be THAT guy who can endure traveling the world to protect the country, but suffers from a silent nightmare called PTSD? Or what about the soldiers who come back to re-integrate into our social/economic structure with high level skills, but are unable to find meaningful employment?
Post Traumatic Stress.
Injuries both physical and mental.
War isn't something we can mess with, and think everything will be o.k. There are thousands of Men and Women who put their lives on hold to make sure the freedom of America could continue, and we have a moral obligation to help.
The Bible says it like this,
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope,patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.
May we love those who commit so much.
May we see others like God sees them.
May we reach out and notice people who are struggling, so we can help be solutions, rather than casual bystanders.
May we make this Memorial Day Count!