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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Hope Across the Miles
By Darren Stewart
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My knees creaked against the hard wood floor as I knelt to pray for him, at only 21 years old he was there in the thick of it, in a place to restore hope to those that had none just a few years back and all the hopes I had for him none included going to war and fighting in a country thousands of miles away, how and when did this happen, I hoped and I questioned, as I prayed that he be safe. Dad
Sweat trickled down my neck as I felt my shirt get wet, I looked forward and then stopped, seeing it, as I slowed so did the rest of the division behind me for they knew I found something, a wire one that may be tossed out a window or placed there to stop us in our tracks. Son
Tears ran down my cheek as I prayed for him, God keep him safe, protect him from whatever is over there and bring him back to me, I know God that you have been where I have been and have gone through losing a son, my hope and prayer is that I do not go through losing him but that I may see him again Lord, please protect him. Dad
Turning I called my for the expert to come and take a look, by my side came Dan, someone I had trained with and I knew he would be able to tell if this was a trap or not, I relied on my friend as we knelt down side by side and inspected the tiny wire that could be attached to something that could destroy us all. Son
I felt my wife holding my shoulder as I wiped a tear away off my cheek and she knelt beside me in prayer as we held each other and prayed for our son side by side to be safe and that we prayed and hoped that we would talk to him and see him again and have him come home safe. Dad
Dan disconnected the wire and we made it to our destination this time without incident, settling in and setting up camp, retiring in my tent with my laptop signing on I saw that dad was online, and I began to type.
Soldier in Iraq: Hey dad,
Dad in USA : Hey son, we prayed for you today, cant wait till your home we hope it to be soon.
Soldier in Iraq: I love you too dad, hope its real soon, we are all hoping it to be very soon.
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