Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken
Formed thee for his own abode:
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou may’st smile at all thy foes

And so goes the first verse of John Newton’s hymn “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.”

The only peace during such a difficult time as this — the second death of a Neshoba man in Iraq — comes from resting in the knowledge of a sovereign, unchanging Lord.

Burying another one of our own is almost too much to bear, and most certainly drives home the enormous cost of freedom — as if one life lost was not enough.

The next few days are going to be exceedingly difficult for our community, but Josh and Matt were strong, brave men, true American heroes, as are all of those who have perished defending the freedoms we enjoy.

That these boys grew up together in the same rural Baptist church and both went into battle with the glorious expectation of eternal life through Christ and have now found their eternal rest should not be lost on a single soul.

The Lord promises that He will work all things together for His good, and amid the torrent of tears, let us remember their strong embrace, their broad smiles, their extraordinary leadership, their ultimate sacrifice and praise our God from Whom all blessings flow!