Folding chair hard beneath me, I gaze at the silent oak before me. A strong and steady display, with limbs reaching out in comforting embrace. His cremated remains lie between me and tree.
The bitter sweet sound of taps heard in the autumn air. A dichotomy of heart-emotions, both sorrow and pride. And one silent tear falls before the silent oak.
“He must have done something real special in the war.“
“What do you mean?“
“A Colonel presented the flag at the graveside ceremony. That’s not done for just anyone.“
We checked the records; we didn’t know.
And the silent oak finally speaks the unspeakable from far beyond the grave.
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My father passed in October 2017. He was a decorated Korean War veteran, being one of very few who survived the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950. He never spoke of it to his family. He did admit he hated having cold feet. When asked why, he simply said, “My feet were frostbit in the war.”
Thanking God that my father lived, that I might live, that my children might live, that my grandchildren might live. Remembering and honoring those who did not.
Call me strange, but I really do believe that every living man, woman and child has an innate ability to hear God’s Voice. I also believe that nothing brings more dignity to humankind than knowing that the God of the Universe desires to share His good thoughts towards us–thoughts of a hope-filled future.
Prophecy (hearing God and speaking what He says) restores human dignity–the necessary cornerstone of a human-rights approach to social justice.
Today, I am looking to the Heavens. If only God would once again send those who know His Voice, and who are not afraid to stand for Truth, into the harvest fields of justice upon the earth.
Yet, at the same time, the still small voice within reminds me that heaven’s view of justice may not necessarily be my own.
Looking to the horizon, I sense the approach before it fully comes into view. A revelation of a revolution. I’m talking a “Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a dream!” kind of revelation. A revelation of a cleansing movement of Truth that brings about a revolution in the hearts of men that births something new upon the earth.
I don’t pretend to know what it will look like, but I do know this … God’s Voice living through His people will be in its foundation.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” Psalm 89:14
God is building a foundation. If you want to be at the top … well, that could be a problem.
The law of God is not a set of rules to test our obedience, but rather meant to reveal patterns of relationship that reflect God’s own nature.
In the New Testament account of the woman caught in adultery, the law of the day required that both the man and the woman be accused. The law also required that there be two witnesses to the act. In this case, the requirements of the law were not being met and the woman, whether guilty or not, was being held unjustly.
Jesus responds to the unjust act by demonstrating his God-nature of faithfulness to the unfaithful woman. He calls her up to a higher standard of life. The only stones touching the woman that day were the foundation stones of God’s rule, attended by the witnesses of love and truth.
Jesus did not diminish the law but raised it to be representative of the very nature of God.
Justice, most simply, means putting things right again. Jesus is always interested in the wronged party. He comes to make right that which is wrong. He comes to restore relationship.