I had the great privilege this last weekend of being part of a very special house dedication. The
The dedication was a huge event. Hundreds lined the streets in
There was so much about this weekend that speaks of the essence of our work. The
Tens of thousands of dollars were given to this project, in cash, materials and time. Hundreds of volunteers got involved—people of all faiths, races and social backgrounds. In honorable Marine fashion the Corps took good care of one of their own, but beyond that the community came together to honor this young man for the sacrifice he made.
The most touching moment of the day came at the end of Josh Himan’s comments. Here was a young man whose life was forever changed in an instant. He spoke from the wheelchair that will now be a fixture of his life because he went to war and sacrificed so much for us all. After expressing his deep gratitude for all that had been done Josh said, “I hope that someday I too can give something back.”
It is a great blessing to be involved in a ministry that does such noble work. This is truly righteousness in action, and the many miracles that attend our work tell us that the good Lord smiles on it. Everyone involved in the dedication event, and the hard work that led up to it, went to bed Saturday knowing that by their efforts a deserving vet was brought home, a family was reunited, a community was galvanized, and the world was made a better place.