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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: Military Kids
By Laury Hubrich
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When grown up “children” are far away from home, it is extremely hard for mothers. The ties that were never once broken during the eighteen years at home are suddenly and brutally severed, never to be the same again. Where once we controlled the times they came and went is now replaced with having no idea what they are doing and how late they are doing it. How can we change our motherly mindset and not try to control and demand even as they live far away from home?
Our firstborn son joined the Navy four years ago. To this day I cannot get used to him not walking in the door late at night and sitting on the couch to talk. We talk on the phone but young men are truly not very talkative or else he talks about things I have no clue. He seems to relate much better to his father which breaks my heart.
Many mothers were replaced by the United States Government. It tells our children when to sleep and eat. It tells them how short to keep their hair and how to iron their uniforms. It puts our children at risk during war and far away from us even during times of peace. But of course our children decided on their own, probably one of their first grown up decisions, to join our country’s military, knowing the risks involved and still going forward with their plans. Our military “kids” are true heroes, each and every one. Many of our children have left us and will never come back due to tragic circumstances. To those parents, our hearts go out to you and we grieve with you. Even as our children grow old, they will always be our “kids” and we will watch them live their lives, making mistakes along the way. Our new motherly mindset for our grown up children is born on our knees as we pray.
Just as King David shared with his sons in 1 Kings, we can share the same Godly advice with our children and pray for them from these verses. "…be strong, show yourself a man (woman), and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in His ways, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…” (1 Kings 2:2-4 NIV)
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