Take a Minute

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U.S. Army Captain Sherry Hedge

Sherry Hedge had been an ER nurse at Rush University Medical Center for over ten years. After 9-11, she made the decision to serve her country by joining the U.S. Army Reserves. She signed her papers, took her oath, and then announced to the ER staff and her mother that she had joined.

“Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.” —1 Chronicles 29:11

She served in Kosovo and two tours in Afghanistan. For her second deployment to Afghanistan, at the rank of captain, she served on a mobile surgical unit for the infantry on the front lines of battle. She eventually left the service due to injuries sustained from repeatedly jumping from helicopters to retrieve wounded soldiers.

sherry hedge2After two years on the front lines, Sherry returned to the ER at Rush. Chicago police and fire vehicles led a “welcome back” motorcade to honor Sherry.

As the crowd gathered in the hospital atrium, she said, “If we can just take a minute to bow our heads for the 4,000 plus soldiers that are not here today, for the 1700 soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq, and the 13 soldiers that lost their lives at Fort Hood. Can we take a minute to bow and say a prayer for them and their families?”

The news and Internet are filled every day with glory seekers and fame attracters. A common trait of a public servant is to deflect glory. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to go one step further—we not only deflect, but reflect glory. If it comes to us, we send it back to the One deserving of the glory and good from our lives. Today—deflect and reflect!

GLORIOUS ONE, I confess the blessings and gifts I receive come from Your hand. Thank You. May I deflect glory from me and reflect it back to You.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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