Gratitude Day 360

Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Psalm 33:20-22: Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

It’s November 11th. This means it is Veteran’s Day.

I ran across this interesting way to remember Veteran’s Day. It’s not unique to me. Yet something I thought was so interesting.

Missing Man Table

This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose displayed in a vase, reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends, who keep the faith awaiting answers.

The red ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured, and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families – who long for answers.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.

The chair is empty – they are missing.

If you know a veteran, take just 30 seconds and thank them today.

Here’s a photo of my favorite vet. It’s my Dad, Richard Deaton. He was a Korean War veteran. And I remember and thank him today.

For appreciation of all of our vets, I am grateful. 

Holy God – Thank you for being our help and shield. And thank you for all the many people who have provided help and shield for the people of our country. May we completely appreciate the various ways they have kept us safe. Amen.  

Blessings –


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