May 27 2013

Memorial Day

Published by at 3:03 pm under Empty Nest,Family

I am finally settling down from a busy Memorial morning, lots of friends coming over and  Tami and I have been running around being busy. Forgetting that it has only been a few years since our son Aaron was in Iraq for a Memorial Day. It is easy to forget what that felt like because he is home, healthy and has just given us our first grandchild. Busyness makes that possible. If I can get busy enough, the day becomes a blur and passes without any conscious thought of what our country has set this day aside for. I promised myself when Aaron was gone for that year in Iraq that I never would do that again. This day is an opportunity for an entire nation to silently give thanks to the countless millions of young men and women who selflessly gave of themselves at a time in life when the rest of us were selfishly pursuing our heart’s desires. Today I will have a privilege that so many other parents will not have, to hug my son and tell him how much I appreciate his sacrifice for not only me, but for an entire nation. I will not take that lightly.  Many parents today will be eating across from an empty chair. It is a sobering thought not knowing where your child is and even worse to know that he is in a war zone and in potential harm’s way. Our prayer before dinner tonight will be a simple one, to thank God for our soldiers.

Blessings on this day to you and yours.

God’s Peace be with you,

Jeff and Son

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  1. Barbara Martinon 27 May 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The Lord knows I am blessed when you speak from your funny bone. Your life in Christ has given you some pretty hilarious material! However, when you speak from your heart as you did in this blog, it goes above and beyond the blessing of your comedy. Thank you for taking the time, as far too Christians seem to be doing these days, to verbally ground us in the things that matter; causing us to take a moment out of our hectic lives to breathe in an opportunity to experience a glimpse of compassion. God bless you in the work you do! Now . . . let the silliness commence!

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