Patriotism – Love – Greater Love – Freedom isn’t Free

After breakfast we had our debrief of the day before. Then I shared about the change in the description of the word patriot from Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language 1828 – to the Merriam – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition  2004.

Noah’s description of patriotism(1828) means an action – born out of love for one’s country one is compelled to serve, protect and maintain.

Merriam-Webster’s( 2004) … Patriotism means love or devotion to one’s country, just an emotional feeling.  No action needed.

As a Christ follower, our hearts loyal first to the Lord our God, we can be a patriot that loves the country God has placed him/her in – compelled to serve others – care to protect the rights of all mankind and desire to maintain the statues and commandments the Lord has given us.

I do believe John 15:13 says  “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  A love so profound that one is compelled to action – to serve, to protect, to maintain civility to lay it all down – even to death.  In that regard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a beautiful picture of a patriot.

At noon today, we had the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  If you missed it, and have access to Facebook, go on Summit’s Facebook page and you can see the video we posted.

Our students represented well.  First of all, everyone one of our young men all looked so handsome and our young lady … well … she ALWAYS looks beautiful.  We ask our students to dress up, to show honor to those that sacrificed it all.  Our students never disappoint.

The four students that had the highest honor of laying the wreath were: Abigail Schnücker, Connor Sherrill, Sam Waters and J.T. Hale. Sam and J.T. went forward to place the wreath.  Their thoughts –  “I was surprised at how serious the soldiers took their job and how high a level of honor they portrayed.”  “It was an amazing experience”  “I was honored to be able to represent our class and school”  “I was also surprised at how nervous I got. It was an amazing opportunity”  “When they played taps, I got the chills, that was amazing!”

We got 3 great videos, we’ll try to get them uploaded somewhere so you can enjoy!

After lunch at Pentagon City we changed into more comfortable clothes and headed out to the Red line to Wheaton station. The world’s longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere … fun!  Outside of the station is a statue of the commuter… rushing to the metro.  We staged a few freeze frame pictures surrounding him.  As we headed back to Union Station for dinner I gave the team a challenge. We divided into 3 team.  Each team had to sit on a different car. Look around at the people and whoever you feel impressed to pray for, silently begin to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to lead your prayers.

We stopped off at Union Station and it was exciting to see the repairs inside the main building were finished.  Since the earthquake  about 6 years ago, the ceiling was completely covered and the statues were removed.  It is so beautiful now!  A little shopping (special hats) lol and then we headed back to the hotel for the evening debrief.

Everyone shared about the day.  This is such a special time because you get to hear how each student and leader was impacted by the day. The prayers they prayed for the people on the metro were wonderful. It’s a great exercise to do when you are trying to build your prayer life and go outside of yourself and care about others you do not know.

When everyone shares during debrief, I believe a really special thing happens.  When a student shares about each experience and how it affected them personally, and they speak it out loud, it seems to push that seed of the experience deeper into their hearts.  Please join me in prayer, asking God to grow that seed so that fruit for the kingdom of God will come from the experience.  I pray that our young men and young lady will be people of integrity that will Love the Lord their God with all their soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30-31) they will trust the Lord with their whole heart and will not lean on their own understanding of things… life.. people… but in ALL aspects of their lives they will acknowledge God as the one true God, seek after him and let him direct their paths…   (Prov 3:5-6)

Tomorrow morning starts early.  We head to the waterfront and board the Patriot Cruise and head up the Potomac to Mount Vernon.  Touring first President’s home and watching the short movie “We Fight To Be Free”  really brings home the reality ‘Freedom isn’t Free’!

Tomorrow evening – at this point we believe we will be walking the monuments ending up at the Lincoln Memorial at dark…  it is another day of reflection and learning – of being challenged and changed!

Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for rest at night, energy during the day, hearts open and tuned in!

Mrs. G

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