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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Our Soldiers

Many of you already know that I have a friend whose son is stationed over in Iraq for his second tour of duty. I pray for these soldiers each and every day.

You stay up for 16 hours

He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a 'headache', and call in sick..

He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He doesn't get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.

He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

Please pray for our troops.


ChrisB said...

We cannot begin to imagine what all the soldiers both US and British have gone, and are going, through. We must for ever give thanks for their bravery and pray for their safety.

Simply Jenn said...

You made me cry today. This has been on my mind so much lately. I am definitely praying for them and they are almost always on my mind. I really, really, wish they could all come home to be with their families.

Sandy said...

Thank you for this reminder. We are so blessed to have these brave men and women to pray for.

lisa's chaos said...

That's great! It's so easy to forget what they are going through over there for us.

Joy T. said...

I've seen this before and it never fails to bring a lump to my throat. All true heroes in my opinion.

Pam Aries said...

This is an incredible post and everyone in America should read it.

Anonymous said...

I really like this tribute. There are so many who are not thankful for the troops and I for one need to be reminded on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Great tribute!! Can't imagine what they have to go through over there.

Alison said...

Very powerful and so eloquently put!! Tears are streaming down my face!

Anonymous said...

I've had this e-mailed to me several times. It's such a good reminder and we should all be reminded of this often.