“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
One of the most difficult things to do in the world is to be a parent. Cydney Cooper knows this well. Cydney was a mom of two wonderful children until she gave birth to her twin girls and, just like that, she was a mother of four.
To make matters more difficult, Cydney’s husband, Skyler, was deployed oversees with the U.S. Army. Raising a family is difficult enough, but caring for premature twins – by yourself – is more than challenging.
That is why Cydney was so excited when a man in uniform walked into her NICU room in the hospital, hiding behind a bouquet of balloons. When he lowered the balloons, Cydney realized that her husband had quietly made his way back to Kansas from the Middle East. There was not a dry eye in the room when this wonderful family was reunited.
Every day, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines serve our country, often separated from their families, in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. We owe a great deal of gratitude to these brave men and women who have and who currently wear our country’s uniform. They sacrifice so much so that we can be free.
On this Veterans Day, let us offer our gratitude to God and to those we know who have served. They have been willing to serve and sacrifice for us all. Their bravery is worthy of our gratefulness. And while we are offering our gratitude to those who have served our country, let us pray for those who are currently serving, many of them who are in harm’s way today.
Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship