There have been numerous people in my family as well as within my acquaintances who have been involved in the military. My Uncle Virgil from my mom’s family was involved in World War II. From my generation, my Uncle’s son Virgil Jr. my Adorable Cousin’s husband, Chuck, Adorable’s sister’s husband, Ted, and many others, because our small communities always seem to be hit hardest.
We carry our remembrance of these people, some who have passed away, some who are still with us, with a prayer of thankfulness. Thankful that we had them at a time when we needed them to step up, and thankful they were willing to step up in our time of need.
I am reflecting on this time in our lives how Jesus tells us to not borrow sorrow from the future and how the saying goes that to borrow sorrow from the future doesn’t do any good and only robs us of life and happiness of today. Here is a link to an acapella hymn called ‘Day by Day’ reminding us to take life one day at a time.
I have had two sons who served in the military. Thank you and God bless both of you.
I remember listening as the youngest one told me, “This dog tag goes…and if something should happen this other one goes on my toe…” I remember the finality seeping in of what he was saying.
As a parent and a mother, my heart broke as I looked down the long abyss and realized this child that had grown within me for nine months, and I had nurtured and loved for eighteen years plus, was telling me that there was the possibility that he would die before I did. That is one of the hardest things for a parent.
Yes, I looked down that abyss in case I ever needed to face it in real-time, but I did do so with the prayer that God would bring my son home safe. I know of others who haven’t had that success. I hurt for them who have lost son, or daughter, wife, husband, father, mother, whatever the case. Even though I never had to face the reality I pray for those who have.
“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.”
(Proverbs 21:30-31 KJV)