Honoring Veterans


On this “official” Veteran’s Day holiday, I got to thinking about all the veterans and active duty personnel, including Earline’s brother and our son Torin, who is now in the Middle East area on the aircraft carrier USS Stennis [CVN74].

Not only have they committed, and are committing, a good portion of their lives in service to this country, but their efforts remind me of another battle that takes place all around each of us, EACH of us, every day.

The battle for our souls…the battle of good vs. evil. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

I was then reminded of a particular special “soldier” to me and Earline, who died almost 15 years ago. I went to visit his gravesite.

I started by heading north, winding my way around I-4 until I got to the bike/trike overpass in Lake Mary.

I-4 bike bridge at Lake Mary

After crossing the bridge, I was surprised to find a bike/trike trail along the east side of Rinehart Road, part of the Cross Seminole Trail, that goes all the way up to 46A – the H.E.Thomas, Jr. Parkway.

46A heading east has a usable sidewalk along the south side, and I followed this a few miles, under 417 until I got to the Sanford Cemetery [the White cemetery] on the right, and the Restlawn Cemetery [the Black cemetery] on the left.

Restlawn Cemetery

It took me a while to find it, because they have cut some trees down, but about 14 rows from the back east side, and about 14 grave sites north of the center pathway, I found his headstone.

Granddaddys headstone

“A soldier in God’s army has been honorably discharged.” Rev, we sure do miss you sometimes. And the older we get, the more we realize how wise you really were. Earline and how were just talking yesterday about how you used to say, “Only God has plans; we just have ideas.” [see Proverbs 16:9 – “We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.”]

I then sat down and shared my graham cracker-spam-cheese-peanut butter sandwich with the Jesus statue. Mmmm-mmmm.

Statue of Jesus

Headed home, going south on 17-92….had a bike/trike lane, or a decent shoulder most of the way. Cut through Loch Haven Park to the Dinky Train / Urban Trail, and caught this sunset on Lake Formosa.

Lake Formosa sunset

Nice, relaxing day. Went about 50 miles….didn’t seem like it.

Thanks again, Lord, for this Veteran’s Day weekend, and help us to always be ready ourselves to do battle as members of the Lord’s Army.



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