*this is a re post from October 2018. Not only for the fact that I haven’t had time to write much this week, but it’s such a reminder of one of the reasons why this place exists, and why we are so grateful for those who visit daily. I am grateful folks here who love our troops so much, and for our friends who aren’t always aware of just how much we love and care for them.
“My time on the porch has rejuvenated my soul. Healed my faith. Restored my wisdom. Comforted my pain. The sound of silence has been filled. The silence has been replaced by the peacefulness of this porch.” Mean Green
“This beautiful place exists.” Snake Eater
This place. What does RED Friday have to do with it?
I’ve been thinking about ‘our boys’, gone again- and how much we miss them when they are gone. I know that this place is here for anyone who happens along and finds it, and hopefully they find the same peace that many of us do when we’re here. But when they’re gone, I wish we could find a way to send the porch to them- not just MG & Snake, but to all of our deployed.
For almost as long as I’ve known him, I’ve told myGB that I’d leave the candle burning until he comes home. I want them to know we’ll always have the candles burning here until they all come home.
We can’t send the porch to them, no matter how much I’d like to, but knowing that when they are home, they find that bit of a peaceful, beautiful place where God is- that’s almost as good. Its because of everyone here that this place exists. It’s not only for them, but the fact remains, our Fridays would be so much more blessed if we never had to wear RED anymore.
Until that day, our porch is a place that can draw our weary soldiers, and our weary neighbors, those who are tired fighting the evil, pride, arrogance, selfishness, mean spirit that permeates so much of our world.
To those having to be gone again, I pray you’ll find the spirit of this place whenever things are hard and dark. The Light is here, and He’s where you are too. Be safe, rest in Him and know that you are loved.
Daisy posted this song a few weeks before the original post, and I think it fits today’s porch post just as much as it did last year… because even while our MG is home for the time being, he’s always on my heart, along with Snake, Bam and others who are still out there somewhere.
And, sending Psalm 91 prayers always,
I hope everyone has a safe and blessed RED Friday. God bless our boys and keep them safe wherever they are.