The most moving story I’ve heard in a long time is that of 24 year old 3rd Army Ranger Josh Hargis who was very badly wounded in Afghanistan. In fact, he lost both legs when he stepped on a mine just after four of his fellow soldiers had died. While he was in his hospital bed his commanding officer came to his bedside, assuming him to be barely if at all conscious, and placed a Purple Heart on his chest. But he was conscious enough to raise his arm to give his commanding officer a salute. Talk about patriotism! If anything should give certain people in Washington DC a face filled with shame that would surely be it.
If you live in Decatur County the chances are you will see some people wearing blue polo shirts with 1st Presbyterian, Greensburg, Indiana on them. Members are said to be proud to wear them for several reasons but one is that the members do a lot of work in the community that benefits others. One rather wordy but also wise member of the church said, “There has never been a visible connection between these good services and our wonderful church. The wearing of these embroidered polo shirts during times of helping with missions will broaden awareness of our faithful congregation among the beneficiaries and the community at large, witnessing to just some of the ways we practice love, commitment, and outreach in a manner we hope is pleasing to our Lord.”
I learned that a group of donors, inspired by what they were hearing at some special sessions of members, made donations to purchase the polo shirts for church members. I didn’t see it for myself but have heard that member David Schlemmer modeled the new shirts for the congregation one Sunday and came mighty close to getting a standing ovation.