One of the perks of being a "grown up" is being able to have ice cream for supper if you want to. That's what happened last night at Jacksonville First Baptist Church when Rev. Andy Bumpus invited the choir to come share ice cream and every imaginable topping before putting the finishing touches on our patriotic worship service for Sunday. I love the hymns of the armed forces even though it's a bit odd to be singing "at 'em boys, give her the gun!" in the sanctuary and it's downright humorous for a bunch of Baptists to be belting out "hail to the foam." Practicing the songs is unnecessary for me though, because when the veterans stand to be honored as the hymn of their branch of the military is played I'll be too choked up to sing. I'll especially miss Mr. James Brown, a veteran of the Army, Navy, and Air Force who passed away earlier this year at age 96. Everyone will be thinking of Ben Tomlinson who is recovering in Tampa, FL from injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. The service men and women, young and old, from World War II and other conflicts right up to the present will stand and remind us of the cost of freedom. America isn't perfect, but it's still the greatest country in the world. This weekend as we enjoy the privileges of prayer and worship, shooting off fireworks, singing, eating BBQ and ice cream, and tossing horseshoes, there are a lot of folks who deserve our thanks. We should definitely have more ice cream suppers with our friends to help us stop and remember just how blessed we are.