When something keeps "coming up" in my mind, I think there is a reason. Sometimes it's Satan tempting me to say the wrong thing! I need to be careful about that! But sometimes it's God "tempting" me to do the right thing- share something encouraging...It says in the Bible to "Spur one another on to love and good works" Hebrews 10:24
I think I will always remember this incident when I go to vote. So I thought of it on Tuesday. There aren't any other times I had to wait to vote- none that I remember anyways! I didn't wait in line this year either!
Decorating for the Veterans Day luncheon at Byron Middle School yesterday and today, also made me think about what happened when I went to vote in the last Presidential Election:
From my journal Tuesday, November 4, 2008:
I’ve been to vote! There happened to be two men with “Vietnam Vet” caps behind me. So I let them and their wife’s go in front of me and I thanked them for their service to our country. The couple right behind me was white and the couple behind them were African-American. They had the exact same cap on and the man directly behind me started up a conversation with the other man behind him, that’s how I noticed him also. The first man seemed stunned by what I did and when we got into the building after getting our yellow cards, he turned to me and said, “Can I thank-you?” he looked so sad in his eyes, I thought I saw tears and I said, “You’re welcome.” It was such a small thing for me to do, but I was so glad I did it!
Thank-you (Election Day 2008)
I was standing there waiting,
Like everyone else
Exercising my freedom,
He stood behind me
his wife by his side,
With a far away sadness in his eyes,
His cap said "Vietnam Vet"
There was a time he wouldn't wear it, I bet...
He noticed the dark skinned man behind,
His cap was the exact same kind!
Brothers, they were friends instantly,
They'd been through the same war and insanity!
I decided to offer a kind gesture of "Thanks"
Go ahead of me,
Both of you,
I'm exercising my freedom that was bought for me,
I didn't have to pay,
I got it for free,
You paid it for me!
It was such a small thing
It was nothing at all
The man was astonished,
Were those tears in his eyes?
What small thing can you do?
On any special day,
To show them the honor they're due?
Do it now!
Because you may not have another day!
This poem is in my book The Seven Story Tree
Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Romans 13:7