Tonight I was talking with one of the moms from a boy on my kids baseball team. She is going through a very rough time. Her husband was just deployed to Afghanistan. He's already done 4 tours of duty, and was supposed to be retiring, after serving in the military for 20 years. But, in her words "because of decisions of the new president", his retirement has been deferred and he was shipped out again, minimally til January. Without going into details, her husband is very broken right now, and, again in her words, in no condition to be piloting military flights every night. She is at home with 3 kids, all around ages 5-8 years, and they are scared for their daddy. She was conveying that they are starting to get old enough to be asking questions and realizing things like "those bad guys have guns, don't they?". I cannot imagine. She was telling me that they have been asking questions about God and heaven and death recently, and it all has caused her to wonder if God is preparing her to receive word of her own husband's death. My heart broker for her when she expressed this. I believe she is a Christian herself, and said she has been asking God to surround her husband with godly, Christian men. Because of the tragic death of his tent-mate, which was a horrific experience for him, his new tent-mate is the chaplain...at least one answer to her prayers. She said she is asking God to convict his heart, so I do not know where he stands spiritually. However, I promised her that I would be praying for them, and I will, and I am asking you to do so as well. I know we are often asked to pray for our troops, as we should. But now, I am asking to you pray not only for a family who is making huge sacrifices for our country, but for a friend. For a fellow teammate of my little leaguers. That takes it to a whole new reality level for me personally.
I saw their vehicle in the parking lot at a game. It bears a sticker on the rear window that says "My daddy is fighting for your freedom." I don't know where you stand on the war; frankly, it doesn't even matter. These men and women need and deserve our thanks, and our prayers.