For though I am far away from you my heart is with you, happy because you are getting along so well, happy because of your strong faith in Christ. And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him. Let your roots grown down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done. Colossians 2:5-7 (Living Bible)
As my brother’s son and his fellow Marines prepared to deploy to Iraq he phoned me. His last words on the phone to me were, “I love you”. Through the tears, I replied, “I love you too. May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another”. With that prayer I placed him into the hands of Almighty God. Through my prayers everyday I place you into the hands of God. God gives you strength, protection, love and grace. Your service for us, your country, is a gift to us from God. You are a gift from God. For that I thank God everyday—for you.
We thank God for you and all that you do for your country. It is difficult to express how much your fellow countrymen appreciate you and support you. The United States of America is blessed to be represented by you. For that we are eternally grateful.
This year on holidays our families and friends will gather. Freely we will worship our Savior, freely we will travel, freely we will join together in celebration and thanksgiving to God for you. For without your bravery, courage and skill our freedom would be lost. How incredibly thankful we are for you.
There have been times in my life when many people were praying for me. I could feel it and the comfort and peace of God would wash over me as I knew my name was being lifted up in prayer to our God. I want you to feel this today. As you read this, know that God Almighty is with you.
This very day know that you are lifted up in prayer by millions. This is our gift to you. Christians all over America are praying for you everyday, every hour, every minute. Thousands of churches have round the clock prayer vigils for you. We trust you will feel the strength and love of God with you today as you fight to defend our freedom. You are doing what is right in the fight against terror we know that you fight for your country from your heart.
So from our hearts to yours—thank you. Thank you seems too small, but the prayers that we pray for you are large because we know that God’s grace is sufficient for you. Thank you seems to not be enough, but the prayers that we pray for you are enough. His grace is sufficient and may it be so for you.
Almighty God, Thank You for this soldier. Thank you that we have such brave and courageous men and women defending our country and our freedoms. Be with this soldier that is reading this, send Your mighty angels before and surround him or her with Your protection. Wash over this brave soul the peace that passeth all understanding. Let this protector of freedom feel the love that we send in our prayers across the miles. Bring them home safely when the victory is done. Don’t pay any attention to politics or politicians or the media. Put your hope in God.
God bless this soldier and the family and friends who love him and God bless the United States of America. In Jesus Holy Name Amen
Angela Posey Arnold