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Chance Meeting

β€œWhat was your MOS?” I asked.

β€œ02 Delta, French horn player,” he said.

And that started a great conversation that only military and ex-military can have.

I noticed this older gentleman getting a haircut today, and he had on an Army Veteran cap.

I caught up to him on the sidewalk, and I had to ask.

He said he was β€œinvited” to join the Army in β€˜69.

During the Vietnam war era, this gent asked for an audition in the Army band, and he got it. Pretty cool. Pretty choice.

Did his hitch playing the French horn.

He’s 73 and doesn’t look a day over 55.

He was also stationed at Monteith Barracks, which was a stone’s throw from where I was stationed in Germany. We talked about where we were stationed and the surrounding area for I’ll bet thirty minutes.

And while we talked, his eyes just lit up. And I could feel a smile as genuine as his spreading across my face.

You see, we are brothersβ€”no matter when or where we served.

We have a connectionβ€”almost a blood link in our makeup. That’s something no one can ever take away.

It was just a chance meeting. But it’s one of the best things that has happened to me this weekβ€”kind of like a reward. And I love that.

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Remember Them Every Day

Today is Memorial Day.

Not a day for those who serve.

Not a day for those who have served.

Today is a day for those that made the ultimate sacrifice and never made it out of uniform. Who never again had the chance to enjoy the freedoms we take for granted on a daily basis.

I served. I am as guilty as anyone else of not remembering and being grateful for what I have.

They should be remembered every day.

They are the reason for this day.

They are the reason for all the days we spend free.

They sacrificed themselves in the name of our country, for their brothers and sisters, in service of something greater than themselves.

Remember them every day.

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The Meek

Dictionary Definition

  • Showing patience and humility; gentle.
  • Easily imposed on; submissive.
  • To make meek; soften; render mild, pliant, or submissive;

Biblical Definition

Based on the various Scriptures in which meekness is used, we can come up with a pretty good working definition of what it is. Meekness, according to the Bible, is being humble and gentle towards others and willingly being submissive and obedient to the Lord. It is not being selfish and arrogant, loud or obnoxious. Rather, it’s having a quiet but confident trust in the Lord and being willing and able to do whatever it is He commands. In regards to how a meek person would treat others, they would definitely be humble and gentle both in their words and in their actions.

When I was in the army I had a platoon sergeant, SSG Manning who was a Christian. He did not cuss, smoke, or drink. He was a warrior in every sense of the word. And he was a good man.

He would share his testimony if asked, but otherwise lived a proper Christian life and showed you the way instead of preaching it.

He taught me something from the Bible about the meek.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭

The meek aren’t what you think of in the modern definition of the word.

Meek people own a sword, they know how to use a sword, and they have the wisdom to know when it’s time to use that sword. – SSG Manning

If I don’t remember anything else I remember that he considered me meek.

And I’ll take that. All day long.

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