Day 104-52 – Veteran’s Day – Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and meaningful Veteran’s Day. We happen to live in a military community so each year this day is a reminder to thank the many soldiers we cross paths with each day. Our family has been greatly impacted by service to country. Both sides of Justus’ tree have a strong military connection. So if you are a vet reading this then please accept our gratitude for your service to our country. We are grateful to live in a land where I can write almost anything I want to write without fear of someone coming to bust down my doors. And I’m extremely grateful to have raised my family and now my children’s families, in a country where freedom and opportunity has led to incredible advances in science and medicine. So much so, that doctors are able to remove a piece of a young boy’s skull and have him survive! I never want to take for granted the blessings I have.

On this Veteran’s Day count your blessings. Make it a point to give thanks ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says it this way:

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A great reminder to always give thanks, but think about how nearly impossible it is to give thanks in all circumstances. But in the verses leading up to verse 18, Paul gives us some critical instructions if we indeed want to be thankful no matter what. In verse 14 he tells us four things we should do with those “who labor among you”, somewhat appropriate on Veteran’s Day. He tells us to 1) admonish the idle (warn the lazy) 2) encourage the fainthearted (give courage to those that have lost theirs) 3) help the weak (no explanation needed) and 4) be patient with them all.

Then in the words right before verse 18 above, we read this in verse 15 & 17:

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

What a formula for us to live by this Veteran’s day… #TeamJustus don’t repay evil for evil, do good to one another, rejoice always, and pray without ceasing!!! I’m humbled by the goodness you all have shown to our family, I’m brought to tears hearing how you have rejoiced with the progress our ninja is making, and I’m overwhelmed the ceaseless prayers that have gone up for Justus! A reminder of what’s most important in life!

Justus got a good report today. Alyse and Jason took him over to OSHU (Oregon Sciences and Health University) to see Justus’ neurosurgeons. They were super pleased with his head and they’ve ordered another quick brain MRI in eight weeks. It’s hard to believe these are the same guys who delivered us that heart stopping news on Day 14 , I think I described it as being “punched in the gut.” On Day 14 they informed us how sorry they were but there wasn’t anything else they could do. On Day 104 they’re scheduling our boy an appointment in January!

So happy Veteran’s Day #TeamJustus. My West Point son gets the nod in tonight’s picture, here in uniform with his nephew Justus! I am grateful to live in this amazing country (not perfect, but still amazing). As you consider all that you are thankful for… remember, do good to one another, rejoice always, and pray without ceasing!