August 7th – Monday

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him. – 1 Corinthians 2:14

General George Washington established a military medal called the Badge of Military Merit on this date in 1782. The future president instructed the U.S. Continental Army to award it to soldiers who showcased “not only instances of unusual gallantry in battle but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way.” Known as the Purple Heart today, this medal is presented to servicemembers for “being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces.” It is the oldest military decoration, honoring the common soldier, rather than the high-ranking officers who won victory in battle. To date, over two million servicemembers have received the Purple Heart. As you reflect on the history of the bravery of military personnel in the U.S., consider the heart of God toward you. Be prepared to share the merits of His love with others today!

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For U.S. military leaders in the Pentagon and in the various global commands as they recognize service members who have displayed valiant and courageous responses to danger.
  • For the president and his administration as they honor those who have been wounded under fire.
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