This year we had some wonderful messages delivered by the servicemen. I thought I'd share a little of what we heard:
- Unity. You can't win a war alone, and you need buddies to get you through the big things and the little ones. And you are always stronger when acting in unison.
- Be a first responder--look for those opportunities. The Coast Guard representative told how proud he was to be among the first to answer the call in emergencies like the Haitian relief and Hurricane Katrina. He gained strength by remembering that he was not only being the hands of the United States, but also the hands for Jesus, when helping people in grave need. He encouraged the kids (and us!) to be first responders for Christ.
- "It's another good day above ground." Ha. We adults laughed, even though the kids didn't really get it. But further: Act consistently and be faithful.
- Be courageous in little things, and you can learn to be courageous in big things, when you are truly needed.
- Finally, from our beloved principal, words from the Bible that our country would do well to take to heart: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
Note to the upper grades, though: PLEASE do this with the older kids! Don't let their love of country and respect for service evaporate as they get older and "wiser."
*Yes, I am a homeschooler, of one of my kids. The other three attend private school. This chapel is for the elementary kids at the school.