Two Meditations on Vartanantz
The Heroism of Vartanantz
By Rev. Dr. Ara Chakerian
As a young boy, I had heard of Vartan Mamigonian’s story of heroism. Many nations have their heroes, and I believed Mamigonian was our Armenian hero. As I grew older and studied his life in more detail, I found out he was but just an ordinary man, who did not possess any super-powers or mighty abilities. He was a regular man who had fears, failures, and he also bled like any human being. Yes, what made him different was his faith, his courage, and his resolve.
His unshakeable faith in God and Savior Jesus Christ.
His courage to be faithful in his call by defending his nation.
His resolve in giving his best for what he believed.
A new year has come upon us, and once again on February 8, 2018 the day of Vartanantz reminds us of this great warrior. How he gave his best to His Lord and nation. He gave his will, his sword, and his life. In short, Mamigonian gave his all.
May we not only be proud of his ever-inspiring stories, but may the Lord grant us the same Spirit to guide us in giving our best for our Lord, and our people. It makes no difference whether we work in a factory, or in an office, or on the field; Vartan Mamigonian’s legacy calls all believers (Armenians and non-Armenians alike) to serve God and give our best in what we do. For this is rooted upon the first and greatest commandment that our Lord Jesus said,
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)
Vartanantz, February 8, 2018
Բռնութեան Տակ, Ազատ՝
Ազատութեան մէջ, Ստրո՞ւկ
«Վասնզի ես ամօթ չեմ սեպեր Աւետարանը։» (Հռովմ. 1. 16)