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June 14, 2013

TISCIONE: Remember, honor and thank

By REV. LOU TISCIONE

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

This verse provides a contrast between the nations surrounding Israel and those who knew God. The pagan nations built up armies of men on horses and chariots. The greater the number the more powerful and invincible they believed themselves to be. But the people of God looked to Yahweh. They knew that God alone was all powerful. He is the only omnipotent one. Against apparent insurmountable odds, they relied upon Him.

When faced with the impossible, Jesus said, “… With man this (salvation/deliverance) is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

The recent anniversary of an event led me to think about apparent impossibilities. I can’t imagine the impossibility of D Day. On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. To a great extent, this was the final “nail” in the coffin of Nazi Germany.

It has been estimated that 9,000 men lost their lives in the cause of freedom on that day in 1944. We do well to remember two things: First, the cost of freedom is high. Second, the only certain place of hope is in the God who does the “impossible.”

Yes, “some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

We do well to remember those seemingly impossible times and God’s deliverance in the midst of them. I was struck this past week by the nearly deafening silence caused by the absence of calls to remember D Day. There was hardly a mention of that terrible and also great day in 1944. I’m still thinking about our forgetfulness. I fear that we may lose sight of the cost of freedom. I fear that we will ignore or deny the goodness of our Sovereign God as we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by current circumstances.

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