micah6 8"Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb; and shall I fear to own His cause, or blush to speak His name?"  Isaac Watts

I shall consolidate November's two holidays into one sentence.  I am thankful for our country's veterans, past and present.  In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed November 26th to be a day of thanksgiving.  The Thanksgiving holiday is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month and has become my favorite holiday of the year.

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed into law that November 11th of each year would be Veteran's Day.  At the ripe old age of 21, my parents were determined to get married.  My grandfather's plea, "Now Vivian, don't you know there's going to be a war," fell on deaf ears.  James Byrum and Vivian Blanks married and in 9 months and 27 days their first child was born and died on that same day.

My Dad and his two brothers all served in World War II and each came home alive.  Matthew 24 asserts that wars and rumors of war will continue.  The Mideast Peace Agreement negotiated by President Carter at Camp David in 1979 seemed quite promising, however the Biblical fracas is still very much alive.  Striving toward peace is a noble venture, but believing in a lasting peace is naive.

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" tells of the narrator hearing Christmas bells during the Civil War, but despairing that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men."  The root of war is not over land ownership, or one's right to use some canal, or one's claim to this or that natural resource.  The root of war is SIN, red, yellow, black, and white.

So what is required of us?  We are to treat all people fairly and justly, to be kind and loving toward all others, and to walk humbly with our Lord (Micah 6:8).  We are, perhaps above all and by any means available, commissioned to share the loving and redemptive message of our Lord Jesus Christ on Princeton Road and throughout the world (Matthew 28). 

Shalom,

Danny Byrum