No one left behind!

Pastor Jerry Kulp

November 12, 2020

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! 48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. 50 He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. 52 He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54 He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Luke 1:46-55

Greetings my friends!

I wanted to remind everyone of Mary’s “Magnificat”. These words have touched many hearts over the years as they remind us of God’s continuing care and love for us all. Today, I share these words with you as I have witnessed a “siege” of Christmas decorations adorning homes. I share these words to remind us all how our Lord has promised to “leave no one behind.”

Yesterday our country remembered Veteran’s Day. I take a moment now to say, “thank you!” to all our veterans. Thank you for your service and your willingness to defend our values and freedoms.

When I served in the Army, one of the very early instructions that I and all my colleagues were constantly reminded of was that in the Army we leave nobody behind on the battlefield. That regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the risks, that we would not be forgotten. I know all these years later what I am about to share may seem a little bit silly… But…. These words and this thought truly inspired me. Those thoughts gave me a sense of security that regardless of what situation I might face in the future, I would not be left behind, and I pledged myself to leave nobody else behind.

Prisoners of War from past conflicts often commented in the aftermath of being taken prisoner that the one thing that inspired hope within them was that our country would not leave anyone behind on the battlefield. In other words, this simple and direct teaching inspired these prisoners of war to survive another day.