Memorial Day: Grief for Life Sacrificed

Last month as I was flying home from a training event, I had a layover in Chicago.

As I walked from one terminal to the next, I saw a crowd of people gathered at the windows looking outward. As I turned my gaze to the windows, I saw numerous emergency workers gathered in a line facing an airplane. I also saw several airline employees gathered together and military personnel.

I didn’t quite understand what was going on at first. And then, as we all watched in silence, a casket covered with an American flag was unloaded off the plane and carried by the military personnel to an awaiting vehicle.

I was flooded with emotion as I watched. I wondered how he or she had died. I felt my heart fill with gratitude for those who serve our country. I felt grief for this life that was sacrificed.

I still don’t know the story of this life that had ended.

Today I was present at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for the wedding of Second Lieutenant Andrew Risse. I’ve known Andrew and his parents for over 18 years. Andrew graduated from the Academy on Wednesday and is committed to serving our country!

I am grateful for Andrew’s commitment and the commitment of those who serve so faithfully!

Today’s Missional Challenge

Thank God for those who have given their lives in service to our country – and for those who serve so faithfully!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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