It was a Sunday morning, October 23, 1983.
A Hezbollah suicide bomber drove his truck packed with over 2,000 pounds of explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.
214 Americans were killed while they slept in their beds; another 128 were wounded in the horrific blast.
A few days after the tragedy, Marine Corps Commandant, Paul Kelly, visited some of the survivors in a Frankfurt, Germany hospital.
Among them was a Corporal named Jeffrey Nashton, who had been severely wounded in the attack.
Nashton had so many tubes running in and out of his body that someone said he looked more like a machine than a man.
As Kelly neared him, Nashton, struggling to move and racked with pain, motioned for a piece of paper and a pen.
He wrote a brief note and then passed it back to the Commandant.
The slip of paper had only two words – “Semper Fi,” the Latin motto of the Marine Corps, meaning “forever faithful.”
Thought: Christianity in general and marriage in particular aren’t simply about starting journeys – they’re about being forever faithful.
INCARNATE: 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2:10).