The Bible speaks of five crowns for those who exemplify
themselves in unusual circumstances. And
to those who leave this world prematurely, the Crown of Life applies to them.
Crowns are very special awards, given to very
special people, and they are promised from God to those who give freely of
themselves for the benefit of others. All
too often people are taken from this world at a very young age. And especially in times of war and conflict,
whether it applies to a soldier in battle, a police officer in the community, or
an infant child that simply cannot thrive in this world in the battle for life,
there comes a time when the ultimate sacrifice is called for.
Through no fault of their own, life sets in motion
many sets of circumstances that are far beyond their control. And the maximum payment of ones life is called due.
While we will mourn the loss of our loved ones, God
acknowledges them in heaven with one of the highest honors that can be bestowed
on anyone. Our loss becomes their
tremendous victory which will last for all of eternity.
Recently we celebrated the return of 2900 men and
women who served with honor, and heard their heroic tale of the pursuit of a
runaway tire, that decided to roll away, down a very, very, very, very long downhill
road, while being pursued by six or seven of our finest, who completed their mission
by its capture (actually it stopped rolling and fell over). They resisted the
temptation of calling in an air strike against the elusive wheel, but did
address the tire with some very colorful and appropriate words of reprimand.
And, with a more serious note, we remember the two
who served with the highest honor, and are now with the Lord.
Sometimes it takes the humor mixed with the heartbreak,
to remind us of the very real seriousness and extremes of life that we all must
face in this world.
As we observe the world around us, we can see a
phenomenal indifference toward God and reality, with attitudes of truth being replaced
with attitudes of great disregard for anything beyond what we can see, feel,
hear, smell, or taste. And the spiritual
has fallen off the scope of life, leaving a very blind society, totally unprepared
for what is really coming.
Tomorrow, we begin our study of that which God has
revealed to us, concerning events just over the horizon, and certain to come.
End of study