Greater Love


UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another” (John 15:12-17, ESV).

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“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’  Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.’  And the scribe said to Him, ‘You are right, Teacher.  You have truly said that He is one, and there is no other besides Him.  And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.’  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’  And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions” (Mark 12:28-34, ESV).

I have been blessed to come from a long line of U.S. military veterans.  Whether these men and women believed it or not, God’s all-sufficient grace enabled them to act out the second greatest commandment–some to the point of ultimate sacrifice: death.  As we celebrate Memorial Day in the U.S. today, I wanted to honor these men and women and pause to thank God for giving them His grace in order to make such sacrifices on our behalf.

Francis Madison Gerstner Bailey

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: ?
  • Date of Service: ?

Curt Begert

Bernard Ambrose Clarey

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1934 ~ ?

Jack Clarey

  • Conflict: Vietnam War
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1965 ~ 1970

Mike Clarey

  • Conflict: Vietnam War
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1968 ~ 1971

Steve Clarey

William Andrew Clarey

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1943 ~ 1946

James A. Clavenna

  • Conflict: Operation Desert Storm
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: ?

Jennifer Clavenna

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 1997 ~ ?

William Henry Cross, Jr

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1973 ~ 1978

David Darst

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: ?
  • Date of Service: ?

Kristin M. Davis

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Army Reserve
  • Date of Service: ?

William John Davis

David Richard Doherty

  • Conflict: Vietnam War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1973 ~ 1975

James Dopita

  • Conflict: Vietnam War
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 1976 ~ 1980

Robert Paul Hardin

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1942 ~ 1950

Paul Martin Jacobson

  • Conflict: Persian Gulf War
  • Branch: Marine Corps
  • Date of Service: 1988 ~ 1992

Robert Earl Lee

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 2002 ~ ?

Kathryn Melby

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 2005 ~ 2013

Lawrence Earl Melby II

Alford Miller

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: ?

Faith Marie Mueller

Daniel Joseph O’Hearn

Francis Marcus O’Hearn

  • Conflict: WWI
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 1917 ~ 1918

James David O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Branch: Marine Corp
  • Date of Service: 1999 ~ 2004

John Brian O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 1956 ~ 1959

John Lynch O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1959 ~ 1961

Lawrence S. O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1954 ~ 1955

Louis Dan O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1954 ~ 1955

Michael Dan O’Hearn

  • Conflict: ?
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: 1981 ~ 1988

Paul O’Hearn

  • Conflict: WWII, Korean War
  • Branch: Naval Reserve
  • Date of Service: ?

Paul Thomas O’Hearn

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Navy
  • Date of Service: ? ~ 1945

Philip Maurice O’Hearn

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: ?
  • Date of Service: ?

Victoria VanDyke O’Hearn

  • Conflict: WWI
  • Branch: American Red Cross Nurse
  • Date of Service: 1917 ~ 1918

William O’Hearn

  • Conflict: WWI
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Date of Service: 1917 ~ 1918

James Ambrose O’Hearn, Jr

James Ambrose O’Hearn, Sr

  • Conflict: WWI
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1917 ~ 1919

John Bernard Powers

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1953 ~ 1955

Billy Jewell Teater

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: ?

Marion Teater

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: ?

Billy Gene Toon

  • Conflict: Korean War, Vietnam War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1946 ~ 1971

Donald L. Toon

  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1954 ~ 1956

Gary Dan Toon

  • Conflict: Vietnam War
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1964 ~ 1972

Howard Dale Toon

  • Conflict: WWII
  • Branch: Army
  • Date of Service: 1942 ~ 1945

Don Maurice Yancey

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