Military deserve our thanks

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist

In a time of national crisis, you have always given your all. Your lives have been interrupted. You have been separated from your loved ones. Who among us can know your pain, your loneliness, and your willingness to fight for freedom?

You have your life before you, yet you aren’t thinking of that. You think of protecting those you love, the country you love and the freedom you love.

I’m proud of my husband when he stops to thank you. When he sees you in a uniform, he makes a point to tell you how much he appreciates what you do. He has been there, too. He knows firsthand the hardships you endure.

Forgive those of us who complain or take you for granted. It seems human nature doesn’t really appreciate something until it is taken away. If any one of us had to go overseas to defend this beloved land and see the conditions you are under, we would be mighty glad to be back on American soil.

When I think of the tyranny dictators have imposed on innocent people with brutality, cruelty and misery, I am even more thankful for you and I want you to know it.

I want you to know there are prayer warriors here who build a hedge, standing in the gap for you. We build walls of love around you, and those walls surround you with sincere care and concern. These “prayer walls” keep positive affirmations coming your way, and we send them to you with love.

In times of turmoil, we realize how desperately we need you. Our prayers are motivated by love and patriotism. We “wrestle not with flesh and blood,” but with an enemy whose mission is “to steal, kill and destroy.” In all the wars on this planet, you and the veterans have not spared your own life. A simple “thank you” seems so small.

With heartfelt thanks from the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate and thank you.

I pray that