The Oasis - November 8, 2023

Author: Rev. Eric Dupee
November 08, 2023

     Veterans Day lands on Saturday this year. As I reflect on Veterans Day, I think of the words of tennis great, Arthur Ashe. He said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” I love that quote as it aligns with the teachings of Jesus on discipleship. When his disciples argued about which among them was the greatest, he said, “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). 
     In worship on Sunday, we will invite any veterans present to stand and be recognized. It’s a way to thank them for serving and for the sacrifices they’ve made. I hope you can join us either in person or via the livestream. The following is a quote from a speech delivered by President Lincoln in which he addressed soldiers in 1864:

Soldiers: I am exceedingly obliged to you for this mark of respect. It is said that we have the best Government the world ever knew, and I am glad to meet you, the supporters of that Government. To you who render the hardest work in its support should be given the greatest credit. Others who are connected with it, and who occupy high positions, their duties can be dispensed with, but we cannot get along without your aid. While others differ with the Administration, and, perhaps, honestly, the soldiers generally have sustained it; they have not only fought right, but, as far as could be judged from their actions, they have voted right, and I for one thank you for it. I know you are en route for the front, and therefore do not expect me to detain you long, and will therefore bid you good morning.
                                                  --October 24, 1864 speech to 189th New York Volunteers


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