Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Heart Faces...I Heart My Country


As I have been thinking about the theme this week, I Heart My Country, I have wondered how many ways this theme could be taken. As much as I would love to have taken a different approach to this, “different” just doesn’t seem to cut it. “I Heart My Country” sits a bit deeper with me and allows me to reflect on the great amount of sacrifice given so that I can even sit here and write this to you.

Pro Deo et Patria…For God and Country, which is the motto of the United States Army Chaplain.

My family and I have recently embarked upon a new journey. My husband, Bryan, who has served in the United States Army Reserves for 8 years, has finished seminary and has entered into Active Duty as a full time Chaplain. This summer we have made the move down to Relaxin’ Jackson in South Carolina for Bryan to complete his training.

We have been blessed to have met many wonderful families here on post that are part of the Chaplaincy. It has been amazing to watch these families bond in such a short period of time, and even more amazing to watch the kids form friendships with each other. We have not signed on for an easy task by being military families. As a matter of fact, less than 1% of the nation is part of our military.

I think I am biased, but our Army Chaplains quite underrated! They go into the field without a weapon and are there to minister to the brave men and women defending our nation. They are there to provide support to our soldiers and be a source of comfort when needed. They pray for our nation, its leaders, and those that defend it. “For God and Country” isn’t just something that is said, but is something that is lived out in our Chaplains lives.

I love the USA. I love everything about it. I love that I am able to vote to elect our country’s leaders. I love that I can choose where I want to worship on Sunday. I love that I can go out with other moms and watch our children play. I love that we get to enjoy corn on the cob and watermelons at picnics on lazy, summer days. I love all the opportunities that America has to offer that can’t be experienced anywhere else. But most of all, I love the freedom that our country has to offer.

Most people don’t understand the sacrifices that are made in order to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy. Most people take it for granted and don’t even realize it. But I, for one, am more than thankful for the men and women that go out on a daily basis to defend our beloved country.

To our service members…
You and your families’ sacrifices have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Your time, your work, and your effort is something that should be admired by all. Your bravery and selflessness is something that we should all attain for. Thank you for what you do, and for doing it without asking for anything in return.



Much Love,

1 comment:

dawn said...

love it! i am sure you can guess which pic is my fave...