Missing Man Table

By Pastor Rob Fuquay | 05/27/2016

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."  John 15:13

Forgive the plug for Chick-fil-A, but this story was sent to me the other day and though it is about Veterans' Day, I found it a great Memorial Day tribute as well. Here it is: 

According to a Facebook post, when Georgia resident, Eric Comfort, walked into a local Chick-fil-A, he discovered a "Missing Man Table" that contained a single rose, a Bible & a folded American flag, as well as a plaque within which was the following explanation: "This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms".

The tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted - to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast. The chair is empty - they are missing."

After the story went viral, the store manager, Alex Korchan, explained that his team members had set up the table because they "wanted to honor veterans." Furthermore, he offered free meals to all veterans and their family members on Veterans Day. Korchan also put up a poster so that customers could write in the names of loved ones who they have lost. "We've had a lot of people who have come in and seen it and been touched by it," Korchan continued. "It's been special to see."

See you Sunday - at church or at the track!
   

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