Today is Veterans Day.
It is a day set aside to honor the men and women who have served our country well. It is also, according to the Congressional Act that made it a federal holiday, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
In that it seems incredibly fitting that Veterans Day should end such as week as this.
Of course, the day may very well be shrouded in the mayhem surrounding a certain U.S. President Elect. Americans, it seems, have come completely unhinged–on both sides of the divide.
Perhaps it’s to be expected. As President Woodrow Wilson said in his Armistice Day address to Congress: “hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness.” Or, in our case, “fear does not breed reform; fear breeds madness.”
So what’s the answer? Same as it’s always been: Love. It’s as simple and as challenging as that.
We each must dedicate ourselves to overcoming fear to love our fellow man–whether or not he shares the color of our skin or the size of our bank account; whether or not he stands atop our particular soapbox or espouses our particular beliefs. We each must dedicate ourselves not only to fighting for the unborn, but those currently walking the earth; not only supporting those on the fringes of society, but those who abide by a moral code we may not understand.
That, my fiends, is a tall order.
But I dare say its the only way forward. And it just might be the only way to truly honor those who have fought for and served our country.
With that, much love to you–wherever you call home; and many prayers on behalf of us all . . .