Military Chaplains not able to pray in the name of Jesus? Why is this even a question?

January 8, 2010

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I am wondering if I am the only one who cannot figure this one out.

America, the land of the free, is still having a debate about whether or not, Military Chaplains can end a prayer in Jesus name?

Military Chaplains, those who have been called of the Lord, to provide comfort, spiritual direction and hope to our brave Military, are being persecuted for thier faith. HR268 is a bill introduced by Congressman Walter Jones from North Carolina. Why should a Chaplain that is praying over an injured comrade or the body of a fallen soldier, censor the Name of the One who brings comfort and healing? If this is a Christian chaplain, then certainly even non-Christians can all can agree that he should pray in the name of his God! Check into what is being said, click here:
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You can listen to the broadcast , then ask yourself if this should even be an issue? Apparently this has been going on for quite awhile. President Bush did nothing to help, so now President Obama is being asked to make a difference. I pray he will. This is an issue of freedom of religious expression and of the Truth. Jesus cannot be separated from Christianity! Thank you to those bringing HR 268 to the attention of the nation. The rights of our Military Chaplains, the soldiers, marines ,airmen and sailors are being held hostage. No Chaplain should ever have to ask forgiveness to God for what men say he cannot do. That is NOT American!

A Prayer for Ft. Hood

November 6, 2009

We at Wee The People Publishing ,are suffering with you. We are so sorry that you have to face this in our Military Family.

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We send this prayer along for all at Ft. Hood , God does have things in hand, though we do not understand.

Dear Heavenly Father ,
We are grateful to come to You when earth has no answers. We put our trust in Your Sovereignty and strength when our strength fails.
Walk beside those who have lost loved ones, friends ,and fellow warriors. We pray for the children of Ft. Hood, for their fears and for their Families.
We ask Father that Your justice prevail, and that evil be defeated. We ask Lord that this heartache will bring many to the foot of the cross, and that where evil is strong, may You be ever stronger .
Amen

Always a Soldiers Mom…wherever we are

January 13, 2009

I recently have been reading the blogs of other mothers with sons at war. It doesn’t matter what war they are engaged in or what part of the world they are from, we share a common bond.

Mothers are not designed to send children into places that they may be hurt or killed. We learn to let go, to live in faith, and to send cookies in boxes. We share a love that pulls hard at our hearts, and occasionally thoughts of “what if…” which can only be silenced by the fact that we are not in control, but God is.

Mothers with children in a war zone, understand the cost of freedom, the agony of fighting for truth and the ugliness of evil desires that continue this battle in the physical and spiritual realm. We also know, that fight is necessary if we want real peace, and so again, we let go.

In reading the blog written by the mother of an Israeli soldier, I hear my own voice as well. There are many wars in our world, and someones children are soldiers in each one of them. Some are on the side of defending a freedom, others on the side of defending the agenda , most likely , of people they don’t even know or understand. And still there are mothers, waiting, straining for a word from a beloved child, praying for safety and a homecoming.

I am so proud of my son. I am so proud of the sons and daughters who defend of our nation. So to you out there, who are military mothers, a hug and a salute to you. Keep the faith, send the cookies and let’s pray with each other and for each other.

Heavenly Father You are the Creator of all things.

You understand the hearts of men, and the reasons that war is necessary.

We humbly acknowledge , we know not any of it.

Please Lord, Bless the mothers whose children are warriors.

Help us to trust in You, and to give over our fears to your keeping. Help us to have compassion on one another and to share our hearts before You.

Bless the ones who keep the home fires burning, the parents, wives and children of our defenders and hold them in Your Mighty Hand.

Amen

November is the month for Military Family Appreciation

November 6, 2008

Well, sometimes you just need to set aside a month to recognize what should be recognized 12 months of the year. This month, let’s remember military families make sacrifices for this nation in having to wait at home and keep the home fires burning while our warriors are away on foreign shores.

If you know a military family, take a moment to let them know that you appreciate them. Offer to mow a lawn, fix a leaking sink, or maybe get the family and needed oil change for the car. Do you lLike kids?:) (we do), offer to babysit and give that parent who is now alone a needed break! Maybe you can just mail a card, letting them know you understand that it is not easy to wait for many long months for a loved one to return home.

Whatever you do this month to recognize military families, adding some prayers for the safe return of our troops is always important! May is another military appreciation month and in April we commemorate the month of the military child. These are all wonderful times to keep us aware of the needs of our military.

Of course those of us who have a loved one far from home need no reminders, but we truly appreciate each small remembrance that the country stands behind our military families!

Phone calls from War… instead of Letters

September 21, 2008

Finally! I finally got to talk to our son after missing his first three calls. If you are the mother, wife, grandmother, sister ,of a soldier, sailor airman or marine, you know what I am saying. Missing those calls are the worst! (men, I know you all miss your sons, but you do handle it differently)

I came home the first time from the grocery store to hear his voice on the answering machine “we’re here, doing fine, love ya all!” …I cried for an hour! I was glad he was fine, and where he needed to be, but I wanted that moment of real connection. Then it happened again! I cannot stay in the house for a whole year, but I was thinking about it! Finally he got through and I was home, Praise God! I could barely hear him for some reason, like a faint voice in the distance. He could hear us fine, but it sounded like we were talking on one of those phones we had as a kid, you know, the tin can with a string? Not that I’m complaining.

Speaking of phones, I got one this week, the ATT Go Phone, for my granddaughter and grandson. Their mom works, and I wanted my son to be able to get them if they are at daycare , with their nana, or wherever. So I got the phone, and now I don’t know if I buy the phone card for them, or for my son? The people who sold me the phone seem to need time to figure this out. If you have tried this for a deployed parent, could you let me know if it worked well? I’ll pass on the good and bad of it as we live it out so if you are having the same concerns we can figure it out together! The phone cards are only good for a limited time , 30 or 90 days depending on the amount on the card. If you buy a hundred dollar card it is good for a year, so that is the route I am going. Now I just have to hope that if it is the grandchildren that have the card, it isn’t used to call Disneyland or someone in Timbuktu.

I guess I am old fashioned, I would love letters that I could pull out and read, but that would of course be dependent on a son who would actually write one, so I need to rethink that. Writing has never been a favorite activity of his.

Families now can get a call once a week or more. This is wonderful in one way, and difficult in another. You are always in that limbo of missing calls, or wanting more. It makes me wonder about how that is for our troops too. Is it distracting to hear often from the home front about all the little trial life brings, and does it cause them to have their mind a bit more at home and less on the job at hand?

I struggle with the thought of those that get bad news, or hear complaints from home and are then left to digest that when they cannot do a thing about it. I think it is important for us at home to contemplate that.

Should we tell a deployed loved one every difficulty at home? I don’t think so. I think that we need to remember that they need to have their head in the game, and we need to help them with that.

In the old days everyone was part of it. “Loose lips sink ships” we were warned, and now the media nearly lays out our battle plans for the enemy. Children used to gather metal scraps while mom was Rosie the Riviter. Grandma tended the victory garden… and the country was at war.

Now we are here, but not as involved. Life goes forward, and short of those of us with a loved one in harms way, barely know we are at war. Kit up all of you! We are important in this fight too, send things to our troops, keep the home fires burning, pray for our service members and be proud of the United States of America, it is an extraordinary nation!

Goodbye from far away

September 10, 2008

Like many of his brothers in arms, our son will board a plane today and we will not be there. A few hundred miles lay between us, and I will not get the hug as he leaves on that plane taking him across the sea to a foreign place. I say my goodbye from far away.

This started me thinking of the things we take for granted that our warriors don’t:

Things we forget to even whisper a prayer of thanks for, becasue they are the norm . Things like, a private warm shower, looking into the fridge to see what we “feel like” eating , taking a walk through a neigborhood without fear of being shot at, watching our children play in relative safely. We take for granted that we can make a mistake and it will only be an inconvenience (well, if you are a doctor or a few other things ,maybe not) but our military has the job of split second decisions that can cost a life, maybe theirs.

As we go about our normal days, maybe we should take a few moments to whisper a prayer of thanks for all this country affords us. A prayer of thanks that we live in the greatest nation in the world and a prayer of thanks for the men and women who every day put on a uniform ,and go out to defend all that we hold dear.

So goodbye from far away, to our son! We will miss you, we love you, and please be careful out there!

Preparation for "the day"

Tomorrow my son is leaving. So I am decorating. Decorating?

yes. I am hanging red white and blue construction paper chains (my links I told you about before) so my grandchildren can begin their writing campaign. I put a yellow ribbon and some flags on our front door, and tied a yellow ribbon on the top of the flag. Last time Justin deployed that ribbon went on, and then he came home he took it off himself. Can’t wait for that day to roll around again!

I guess it is a way to mark a beginning. The beginning of our daily prayers for safety, our awareness that our country needs to be defended, a time of pride and pain.

I think of how many moms out there get to go through this. Sarah Palin should be about to send her boy off, as are thousands of us more common folk. I love other military moms. I see them sometimes buying beef jerky and looking kind of tired ( I think alot of us are helping with the grandkids). When a woman about my age is standing in line at the post office with a box and an APO address, I wish I could hug her. There is a camaraderie of mothers who are missing a kid that used to make more trouble than she could shake a stick at, and now all she wants is for that pain of a kid to walk through the door and hug her!

Heroes Prayer Vigil

May 22, 2008

Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot invited us to participate in honoring local service members and pray for the families. What a beautiful eveningĀ  of learning the flag insignias of the major branches of the military, the folds of the flag and meanings behind them and the presentation of the colors by the VFW. Photos of over 40 young men and women flash on a screen, and we see the faces of those who work daily to secure our freedom at great cost to themselves. We prayed for the families of each of them. The video of our book We Serve Too! A Child’s Deployment Book, played and was well received, helping people understand the plight of military kids. Then photos of three young men who payed the ultimate price garnered our prayers and tears. Sometimes you just get a glimpse of that humbles you. A glimpse of the cost of true freedom.

The generous hearts of those there ,provided 15 new books to give to children at Ft. Carson in early June, as they prepare to say goodbye to a beloved parent. God bless them, and hold them , in this time of loss and honor.