I was listening to the atrocities taking place in Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt and my heart is poured out upon the ground. I just can't understand how one human can treat another human so barbarically. The tears cannot stop streaming down my walls of my heart.
As most of you know, my son serves in the US Army and has served a year in Afghanistan. Thank God for bringing him safely home. Until then I had very little knowledge of what really went on in the military. I remember going to his graduation from boot camp and was met with a skit of the maneuvers they had learned in war. I was not ready to see such a thing and it struck my heart with fear, I must admit. We were able to tour the barracks and I started to come to an understanding when I saw the floor designed with war logos and the saying that went something like, "the elixir of freedom is the blood of the soldier." Wow.....
As I watched the bleachers fill up it was mostly young wives and small children and pregnant mothers. I was overcome with what a sacrifice was being made by the families. The day came for his brigade to deploy and again the grounds were covered with young mothers, toddlers, school age children and pregnant mothers. The heaviness of the atmosphere was filled with the occasional streaming down of tears.
This led me to start the Military Mom's of Rachel's Heart. Not only my son, but others' sons and grandsons, husbands, fathers, and even daughters, nieces, mothers were deployed at different times. I would receive their pictures with their names and set them on our piano at our church so we could keep them covered in prayer.
We currently are await the safe return of Jesse, Adam and others that you have written me about.
When we hear these atrocities it urges us again to keep our sons and daughters serving in prayer.
We pray Ps 91 over them:
2I will say of the
LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3Surely he shall
deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
4He shall cover thee
with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be
thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be
afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by
6Nor for the
pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction
that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall
at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come
In Jesus Name Amen
When I was mourning over my son getting ready to deploy, I was driving to work before dawn, so it was still dark. I was driving through the country side where a field full of windmills had been put in. They would light up with red lights and then they would all go dark. I would wonder how if you didn't know those huge windmills were there you would not think it was anything but an empty field.
Then God spoke to me and said, Just like those windmills are hidden I will hide your son from the face of the enemy and I will keep him safe. That was a huge confirmation for me. I am praying for you military families, that you will find peace in your prayers as your await the return of your loved ones.
Bless you all <3