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A Hero’s Family Today

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

We can’t ignore the fact that in homes around our land today many are remembering someone taken from them too soon – their loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their life for our nation!!

Whether the loss was 3 weeks ago or 3 years ago or 43 years ago or more, the memories, the heartache, the feelings, the questions – all come flooding back.  The inevitable longing for just one more day together!!

The truth is that most Americans have a hard time talking about death.  There is an uncomfortableness that makes many shrink back. Pretending it doesn’t exist perhaps.  Or maybe it’s because it’s the reality that life is painful and that death leaves a gaping hole or even that somehow talking about it will make it happen…after all we are all going to die.

Being a military family we are keenly aware in part of what this means.  Someone quipped one day, many years ago, during the first deployment, “It will get easier.”  They were lying.  It didn’t.  It doesn’t.  It won’t.  In fact Dw and I looked at each other last year, as the 9th deployment was approaching and whispered, “This is the hardest one yet.”  830353_126965747475221_1833939079_o

We’ve held our breath at times as we’ve waited for news.  We’ve fasted lots.  We’ve prayed through the night at times.  Always knowing in the back of our mind, that life is fragile and could change in seconds.  And knowing that any time together as a family is oh-so-precious.  Each phone call is savored and each text is treasured.

Today, we honor one of our son’s friends – Tommy Mac.  Our son speaks of his friend Tommy with deep emotion.  They were close friends.  They’ve fought valiantly together.  They and their wives and children sacrificed so much.  And then Tommy gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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Taken before Tommy’s last deployment. Photo credit:  US Military

Knowing how the death of his friend has profoundly affected our son, it has also deeply effected us.  We pray for his widow and we pray for his young son and we pray for his family.

Friends, let’s seriously pray for families around the world who are remembering today (and every day).  May we hurt with those who hurt.  May we think of ways to encourage, strengthen and tangibly help those who have experienced death up close.  May we never take our freedoms and our safety from the enemy for granted.

Seeing the precious faces of Tommy’s widow and son makes it so real.  Pray for them and all the others.

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Top and bottom photo:  ©2012 Jaquilyn Shumate Photography

 

5 thoughts on “A Hero’s Family Today

  1. As a Navy wife, I can say deployments NEVER get easier. When he is deployed “pray without ceasing” takes on a whole new meaning. No matter what I am doing, he is always in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for your son when I read your posts. Special forces is a high calling.

    1. Brave you my friend!! Really, they NEVER get easier. And yes, we are in that “Pray without ceasing” mode seems like all the time…between him, his training stateside and Emma living in Africa…oh my. Thank you for praying for our son. I will pray fervently when your husband is deployed if you email me: APlaceCalledSimplicity@yahoo.com May God give you strength, grace and courage. You wives (and the treasures) are heroes too!! xo

  2. Oh deployments never get easier. And so many for your son! Harsh reality of what so many give. I’m grateful to him, to my husband, son, uncles, brother, father in law, grandfather in law and countless friends for all they’ve done and continue to do. Forever grateful. Thanks for your post.

  3. Wow. Thank you for this post, Linny. I don’t have anybody in the military personally, so it all seems very far away, to me. Memorial Day is just another bank holiday, mostly. Thank you for the reminder. And I will pray for your son.

  4. Oh man, I can’t imagine. Tyler must be soooo brave!! Praying for him and for all who have lost loved ones who have fought for our nation! <333 (btw, how are you feeling? I'm praying for you and your family! And I'm kicking myself for not e-mailing you yet…I AM GOING TO GET TO THAT VERY SOON =D)
    -Ariel

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