Soldiers, Sacrifice and Christmas Eve

24 Dec 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Soldiers, Sacrifice and Christmas Eve

Each and every day countless wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, sons and daughters wait and worry about the whereabouts and well being of their Soldier. The signs of this anxiety, though still visible, are not quite as prevalent as they once were. Torn and tattered “Half My Heart is in Iraq” bumper stickers, a faded yellow ribbon tied to a tree standing in the front yard of a home proudly flying the American flag, or the omnipresent yellow ribbon magnet stuck to the trunk of the car in front of you on the morning commute.

Oftentimes, in the hectic pursuit of our daily lives these symbols become too commonplace and their true meaning can become lost.  Inside that car, or sitting at the kitchen table of that home is a mother or father, husband or wife desperately trying to maintain a “normal” existence in the absence of their Soldier.

The Holiday Season is a joyous and hectic time filled with errands to run, gifts to purchase, sweets to bake, and many happy gatherings of friends and family.  And that is as it should be.  But for the family of a Soldier in harms way the Christmas Season is different.  It is still a joyous time of hope and anticipation, surrounded by family and friends.  But it is also a time of sacrifice.

To the Soldiers of our American armed forces serving around the world this Christmas Season I say;

Your professionalism and expertise astound me.

Your courage and fortitude amaze me.

Your perseverance and dedication to duty inspire me.


The depth of your sacrifice humbles me.

To the families of these young men and women, you have my thanks and my deepest respect for the sacrifices you continue to endure.  I wish for you Peace and Joy in this holiday season.  May God grant you strength, and may he protect your Soldier now and in the days to come until they are returned safely to your waiting arms.


A Grateful American.

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