Friday, June 09, 2017

"Semper Fidelis"

1st Chronicles 19.12-13 NIV

The United States Marine Corps
“Joab said [to his brother Abishai], ‘If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to rescue me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will rescue you. Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.’ ”

My friend Wayne inadvertently referred to “ex-Marines” in a public address. After the speech a gentleman approached and informed him, “There is no such thing as an ‘ex-Marine’. Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

When the honorable title of “U.S. Marine” has been conferred, it is retained. There are active duty Marines, retired Marines, reserve Marines, former (enlisted and commissioned officer) Marines, and Marine veterans but no ex-Marines. According to Col. James Hoke, “The title of Marine is an earned title and never goes away.” If you earned it, you’re a Marine for life. 

Joab and Abishai would have made good Marines. They exemplified the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis. Joab and Abishai were “always faithful” to protect and defend each other in battle.

photo by Jim Mahoney, The Dallas Morning News, November 11, 2004
We all have enemies. They take the form of temptations, addictions, trouble, misfortune, and sometimes people. Do you have a ranger buddy who will come to your “rescue” and carry your wounded body off the battlefield? I hope so. I do. This is a reciprocal commitment of courage and faithfulness. I know I will be protected because people love me as I love them. I am willing to protect, and I am protected. I have friends I can count on. If I falter, men who are “always faithful” will pick me up. If they get hurt, I will be there to help them heal. We are “Joab” and “Abishai” for each other. We are Semper Fidelis, “always faithful” to rescue the other man in trouble...

“If the Arameans are too strong
for me, then you are to rescue me;
but if the Ammonites are too strong
for you, then I will rescue you”.

I thank God for “a few good men” and women who are “always faithful” brothers and sisters in Christ. They are there for me, and I am for them. I would have it no any other way. I could not make it through life without these dear souls by my side.  I wouldn’t even want to try.
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"Generations of Valor" was taken by The Dallas Morning News staff photographer Jim Mahoney on November 11, 2004. "Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas is overcome with emotion as he embraces Marine SSgt Mark Graunke, Jr. of Flower Mound, Texas during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration Thursday at Dallas City Hall. SSgt Graunke, Jr., who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of last year [2003]." 

2 comments:

Nitewrit said...

Dave,

Yes, we need a ranger buddy. I find mine in the Christian Bloggers I follow and in some who follow. It is well to read the words and stories of others who love the Lord.

Your story is inspirational, shows none need be lost. I never fell so far physically or materially, but I fell very far spiritually and my life was redeemed through the heartbeat of a doomed baby. There are such interesting stories among our brothers and sisters of God's love.

Thank you for yours.

I've added you to my following list.

Larry E.

Dave Scriven said...

Good words Larry. Thanks for following my blog. I have also added one of yours to my favorites.

Isn't Jesus good? I'm glad God is a God of redemption.

Your Friend and Brother,
Dave