This Sunday, as we honored those who serve to preserve and protect our country and our freedom, I was deeply moved. It was hard not to be.

When I think of the sacrifice of the men and women who have or are currently serving in the military, I am overwhelmed.

When I see family members standing in memory of a loved one, I am undone.

The people we celebrate are men and women of faith. They believe.

I want to share the mottos or core values of each branch of the service. This may not be definitive, but it does speak to the faith and commitment of those who serve.

US Air force- Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do
US Coast Guard- Always Ready
US Navy- Honor, Courage, Commitment
US Army- This We’ll Defend
US Marines- Always Faithful

As I read these mottos and core values two Scriptures come quickly to mind.

Ephesians 6:15 “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

1 John 5:4-5
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

I hope today we will all be inspired by the men and women in the Armed Forces to be faithful and ready, to put others first and to live courageous lives.

And always remember that the ultimate victory is through faith in Christ alone,