Vets: Not Forgotten…Forgiven

by: Rosie Williams,  Home Front Leader, Topeka, Kansas.

Sometimes it is years after a war is fought that our country recognizes the price that has been paid…and begins to search out its’ heroes.  Sometimes it is too late.  Veterans often harbor layers of negative emotions after years have passed, not the least being some form of guilt.  What a paradox that those who gave so much should be haunted by guilt…guilt that a whole nation should help them carry.  Guilt can be caused by many things:

  • A buddy left behind
  • A battle lost
  • A family left alone
  • A comrade killed (instead of me)
  • Anger,  depression and unresolved bitterness
  • A faith in God that was lost or rejected

Guilt seems especially troubling to veterans who lack the family or professional support to work through layers of emotional trauma experienced on the battlefield.  Sometimes, it was their home that had a  battlefield that paralleled the war.  Those who had abusive or absent fathers may have found it difficult, if not impossible, to conceive of a loving Heavenly Father.

Guilt!  Bad news?  Not totally.  True guilt is the prodding of the conscience that can point out actual sins that need to be confessed and forgiven.  This is a universal need for everyone-not just veterans!  Although we may feel like we have done too much to be forgiven, the Bible holds out Hope!  In Romans 5:8, it says that “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV).  The Good News is this…unconditional love and forgiveness is offered through a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

God sets us free and opens the door for joy, peace and HOPE!.

Where are you in your spiritual journey?  If you’ve never trusted HIM, won’t you say a simple prayer of faith today?  If you’ve been estranged from Him, won’t you come back “home” to a place of faith and forgiveness?

Prayer of Salvation
Dear GodI know I am a sinner.  I know my sins deserve to be punished.  I believe Christ died for me and rose from the grave.  I trust Jesus Christ alone as my Savior.  Thank you for forgiving me and for the hope of knowing that I will have eternal life in heaven some day.  (John 3:16).