A little while back I asked folks here what they would say to our troops if they could. I think its worth repeating so they will always know how much folks appreciate what they do and more importantly, who they are.
My message to the troops…
God grant that this nation always be able to answer the call, that brave men and women answer and risk it all for God and country, To you past, present and future, who have and who will answer the call. I give you this old sailor’s best, God grant you Fair Winds and Following Seas.
To our soldiers:
Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for fighting, defending, and sacrificing. What you do keeps us free and protected. I know my thanks can never replace or make up for anything you may have lost. But I give it without hesitation. You are brave and strong, something I strive to be in my own life and you give a great example to follow. May the Lord bless you and keep you. And may He bring you back safely and give you the peace to live the rest of your life in happiness.
I miss the Mean Green Snake Eater Machine. Be safe guys, and may God watch over you and your fellow soldiers always.
Thank you to all who have served in the past and who are currently serving. I lift you up in prayer every day. I pray you will always get the utmost respect you deserve whether you have served in the past or are currently serving. I pray for your safety always. I lift up your families in prayer also, who always show such strength. God bless you all.
I know you give up things we will never hear about, dear things. You’ve missed out on moments in your life time that you can never get back, you sacrifice the sort of sanity we get to keep because we don’t experience the horrors of being on the front lines. I’ve seen how many of you are so much the wiser and tenderhearted toward your fellow man because of your experiences around the world. I know some of you are scarred and disabled from combat and you older Veterans are living with long term creeping health issues that pop up because of the chemicals used in Vietnam, so many constant reminders in your day to day lives of the cost. Sometimes its just hard to wrap my head around all the things you’ve sacrificed for your country, for me. Be blessed dear Warrior, my love and appreciation for who you are, what you’ve done and continue to do, knows no bounds. Remembering Everyone Deployed, Remembering Everyone who has Served, Remembering Everyone who gave all with prayer and thanks. May the peace and love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, be with with you as you also remember.
To all of our military past and present.
You are not forgotten nor does your sacrifice go unremembered. You have given your life to this nation and some for this nation and for that you are to be honored and held in high esteem. I salute you. And I also remember your families who have sacrificed along side of you throughout your deployments. May God bless you all, protect you and always keep you safe from harm. Amen.
There’s a famous quotation from Jesus as He was dying on the cross: “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
When Jesus said that, He was talking about the soldiers who had crucified Him. Not the religious leaders. They knew what they were doing. Soldiers are welcome at the cross, just as much as anyone else. No matter what you’re seen or done.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1st Timothy 1:15)
Warrior, you think you’ve done something unforgiveable? You have such guilt that it is destroying you? Listen up: Saul, the man who wrote that verse just quoted, had warrants for the arrest of Christians. He had a reputation for doing this, for trying to destroy the Christian faith. In fact, he met the resurrected Jesus when he was on his way to the city of Damascus with authority to arrest any Christians he could find there and turn them over for “questioning”. You know how that goes. They had no bill of rights. So when he says that Jesus died to save sinners, he has the authority to say that. Because he was a religious tyrant, causing the abuse and death of many Christians. But he was forgiven. In the very next verse Saul / Paul explains,
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
Hope is not lost, warrior. It’s waiting for you at the cross of Jesus.
It is important for them to know that they are still appreciated by so many of us, even when it may not seem like it. Sure, so many take them for granted, but they are still truly loved and regarded as heroes. They’re fighting alongside those who will never leave them behind, and us here at home are praying for them non stop. They are definitely loved, even if they aren’t appreciated nearly as much, and I hope they know that.
Thank You all for your service, a debt we can never repay. We are grateful for all of you.
We may never understand the things you see and do
The isolation, alone yet others who are trusting you
Thoughts and images that so often go through your mind
But we can pray that peace your soul needs, you’ll find.
We will never understand the life chosen by so few
always going, giving, your love of country ever true.
Family, friends and loves left so long
But we can pray for those to remain strong.
We can’t always understand the reasons for war
But something about you fighting and protecting the poor
Is what gives us hope for a world so lost
Yet we pray and hurt for what Freedom costs.
We will never know the bands of brothers
Trust and having the backs of one another
Experiences that will always keep you all tethered
We will always pray that you come home together.
We might not seem like we know much at all
The few, the chosen, who answer that call
Yet sometimes we understand more than you know
It’s our faith through God our love for you flows
You don’t do it for glory nor for honor, money or fame
But the footsteps you follow, carrying that same flame
To help others be free and dictatorships cease
We hope for our soldiers and pray for your peace.
It may never be that we’ll be done with war
We know the cost to you is always more and more
We can’t do much of anything and words sometimes seem hollow
But we always pray wherever you are, God’s protection follows.
We are friends who see you hurt more as time keeps going
But we love you and pray daily and hope that you’re knowing
That while we might never understand things you’ve had to see and do
We love and care about you and more importantly God does too.
Have a blessed and Safe Friday all. Don’t forget to get your RED on.