The Human Spirit

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.                                                 John 15:13 (KJV)

“All gave some, some gave all”.

I saw recently a TED-X talk by a young man who had been grievously injured about 10 years ago by a drunk driver. The young man appeared with his aunt to tell a story of his incredible journey of recovery from a devastating traumatic brain injury. He had to learn literally everything over again- how to walk, how to talk, how to think- everything.

I was amazed by his courage and tenacity. He embodies the human spirit to live, even in the face of having lost everything. I was humbled by this young man’s story, and also that of his aunt, who stayed by him and encouraged him every inch of the way back.

We are made with an incredible capacity to survive. Our human spirit is patterned after our Creator. Stories such as this serve as reminders how amazing the spirit of life is.

Then as I began to write, I noticed the date this will be published- November 11. That happens to be Veteran’s Day. On this day we celebrate the heroes of this country who served in the Armed Services. It seems fitting that I recall a story of courage, tenacity and service on this particular day.

Thank you to all of the men and women who serve and have served this nation that we love. As the saying goes, “All gave some, some gave all”. This phrase was popularized, I understand, by a Korean War veteran.

It cannot have been said any better.  

Prayer: Lord, we are grateful for the Spirit you have put inside of us, Amen.

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