As we pause to remember our veterans this week, I think back to a trip I made several years ago with 88 World War II veterans. It was an Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in our nation’s capital. I had the great privilege and honor of walking into this monument with those who lived it and don’t understand why everyone wants to say, “Thank you!” A retired army nurse from Prattville, Pat Magill said, “I actually didn’t think we were doing such a wonderful thing, because everyone was in it.” One gentleman who flew bombers and was known as the “lucky pilot” because he never lost a crew, told me with tears in his eyes, “I managed to make one landing in an area where no one should have been able to put a plane down. I wasn’t flying the plane that day, my hands were on the controls, but I know I wasn’t flying.” After spending time with the vets, you get a strong sense they all know a much bigger force moved them through the deadliest conflict in our nation’s history, than their desire to serve. Our veterans gave us the promise of freedom. Our God gives us the promise of eternal life. Be thankful for those who live surrendered lives allowing our Heavenly Father to move in a mighty way. Above all, be thankful our God is always at the controls.
– Kim Hendrix