Monday, November 4, 2013

Snapshot Love—serve one another in love

Veterans Day is only a week away but we shouldn't wait for a holiday to show our support to our veterans and serving military. While Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day, I also believe those who made the ultimate sacrifice should be remembered daily.

I share these five ways to serve them not because of a holiday that tells us we should. I share because we are to carry the burdens of others.

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." ~ Galatians 6:2

Their burdens are heavy my friends. Let's help lighten them.

Five ways to serve them:

1. Say Thank You

Taking a moment to say thank you goes a long way.

You can also request thank you cards from Wreaths Across America to hand out to a veteran/serving military when saying thank you. You only pay the cost for shipping ($5.00).

2. Write a letter

Find out more here.

3. Pray for them

There is tremendous power in a heartfelt prayer. We need to keep our troops and their families in our prayers daily.

How about having a military prayer board at your church?

Cut out patriotic stars to use for prayer requests.

4. Start a collection

The number of homeless veterans in our country is growing and the colder months are upon us. Partner with a local VFW or military support organization to collect socks and gently used sleeping bags to be distributed to the homeless in your area.

You can also partner with Operation Support our Troops - America to collect needed items to be included in comfort care packages sent to our troops serving in harms way.

Living Hope Church collected 300 lbs of crackers last year to be included in comfort care packages.

5. Remember the fallen

"To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can be forgotten is the worst." ~ Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)

For only $15.00 you can sponsor a wreath to be placed at the grave site of a fallen hero this holiday season. Sponsor a wreath here.

What can you do today to help carry their burdens?


  1. What a great post, Beth! So grateful for all the suggestions here!

  2. Beth, I appreciate these great list of ways to help support our veterans.

  3. I'm so glad you shared, Beth! Think we'll do some of these in homeschool this week. Thank you!!!

  4. Great ideas Beth, I'll be sure to share!

  5. Completely beautiful post! Love coming here.

  6. Totally sharing this post right now. Love it and want to share this especially with my kids! Thank you so so much Beth! And I am sincerely praying for you:)

  7. Hi Beth, Such a beautiful post ... Veterans do deserve our thoughts and help, they're given so much, so they should also recieve in abundance!

  8. Beth,
    Wonderful and practical post on how we can help. I always donate to the Vietnam Vets and the Paralyzed Vets. There can be nothing worse than feeling as if you've been forgotten! Thanks for a great reminder today! Love you girl!

  9. Hi Beth

    Such wonderful, thoughtful ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us. In England we wear poppies throughout November and hold services of remembrance, to remember those who gave their lives in war, and for those serving now. Those who are serving now are always in my thoughts, as my granddads served, and I live next to an army base. I am truly thankful for all those who fight for our freedom.

  10. Thanks for all of these very useful tips, Beth. Number four really gets to me. The thought that persons who gave so much on behalf of their country could end up homeless is heartbreaking. Thanks for shedding light on this harsh reality.

  11. Thank you Beth for keeping this in the forefront! We owe so much to our military. They selflessly give of themselves(sacrificing their families, their lives and freedom), so we can enjoy life. Thanks again my friend, have a wonderful weekend!!


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