Who’s Your Hero?

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Heroes seem to have made a comeback lately. People go to movies about their heroes in Star Wars, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Thor, etc.

They have superpowers and/or amazing wealth and technology. They have in many cases a dark past that have formed them into the person they are.

We love heroes. We all like to think that there is someone out there who is willing to swoop in and save us during the most re times of our lives.

Yet these people really do not exist. They are the figment of very creative imaginations, but again they are only figments of an imagination. Don’t despair though, just because there is no Batman or Wonder Woman does not mean there are no heroes.

There are true heroes we can see everywhere today. They are the moms and dads doing all they can to raise children with love in a world filled with so many fearful events in it, willing to protect their children at any price.

There are firemen/women, police and paramedic putting themselves in harm’s way to recuse and save other. There are those in our military willing to give all to protect us. Of this group are some we will never personally know.

I am thinking of my Uncle Milton. He served under General Patton in Africa where he was injured and sent to a military hospital unit to heal. Once he was healed he rejoined his outfit in Italy where he with many brave others helped to liberate towns from the German army. It was after liberating such a town that I was told he was shot and killed by a German sniper.

He was only 18. He did not get to come home to grandpa and grandma. He did not get a chance to marry, make a career, buy a home and have a family. All the things we take for granted He gave his life to preserve as have so many other men and women so we can be free.

I never got to know Uncle Milton but I am proud to know of him and what he did and gave for us all. I am also thankful as I think of all the men and women God has used to build up His church. These were men and women who stood up for Christ and the Gospel, even though in many cases it meant prison, exile, or even death. Then coming to a new country brought their rich filled heritage of their homelands and strength of faith that God used to build his church in America.

I pray we all take time to think of how we can be used by God to leave a legacy of faith for those who follow us.

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Respectfully submitted by Chaplain Jim