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    Moved By The Spirit

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

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    Last night I felt moved more than ever to pray for our troops. They're in our thoughts, always in the periphery. But it's been a while since I devoted some prayer for them specifically.

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    I won't go into the politics of war-this one or others. It's simply not my style. I do appreciate the intelligent and thoughtful opinions of others as it's nice to hear a different perspective. But this entry isn't about such things.

    It's about our men and women in the military, and the shield of bravery and strength our country asks them to wear. These amazing individuals don it with dignity, and they do it daily. It's no small thing that the Lord asks the same of us.

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    For many of our children, yesterday was the first time they were able to put faces to the men who serve our country to keep them safe. The men of the 82nd Airborne were open and kind to everyone who wished to speak to them. And since I was there early to help with set up, I was able to talk with many of them.

    Each were cheery and friendly, happy to discuss their roles and their families.

    They asked us about ours and as you can see below, loved the wee one's enthusiasm. This young man is expecting his first child-a son-in three months, so he had the most fun talking and playing with our little guy.

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    The morale, the sense of pride they instilled in our children yesterday, was beautiful. All afternoon they were saluting, marching, declaring their gratefulness for our troops. Can you imagine? It was great!

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    When they first arrived, the gentlemen from Fort Bragg set up,

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    warmed up,

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    and practiced their solos.

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    Meanwhile, our little boy was doted upon by two girls: Amelia, who is 15 months, and Katherine Elizabeth who is 5. They loved on him and he wasn't turning them away. He enjoyed it. After all, he's used to such attention from the ladies. ;) Especially his Mamma and sister.

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    Amelia loved taking the wee one's pacifier before trying to offer it back to him. Sweet bebe didn't mind, but he wasn't interested in getting it back once it was gone. Thank goodness he's not too attached to those things!

    Finally it was time for the men of the 82nd to perform. They lined up and marched to the stage.

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    They performed many songs. Some inspired us as patriots: "Proud To Be An American" and "America the Beautiful". Some were local favorites, such as James Taylor's "Carolina On My Mind" and the timely tune, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree". They even dedicated "My Girl" to every girl who was present. So sweet!

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    As performers they had great spirit and humor, and as a treat finished things up with the Army song,

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    After their performance they received a well-deserved standing ovation. Many of us had tears in our eyes as they bowed and thanked us for hosting them. They were simply astounding as performers and people.

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    Even the wee one clapped in appreciation. He loves music!

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    I was so proud of my Cultural chairs for pursuing this venture. It made such an impact on our children. It also touched our hearts. It's yet another moment I'll cherish and thank God for.

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    Last night I spent some good time praising these men and the women who serve. It's a great reminder for us all of how blessed we are to have them standing up for each of us. It's also a great reminder of how on a smaller scale, we can serve as well.

    "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen" 1 Peter 4:10-11

    4 Responses to “
    Moved By The Spirit

    Ruth said...

    My cousin is leaving next week for another tour. Keep him in your prayers.

    LenkaLovee said...

    wow. this is an amazing post! :)
    and those are the most adorable photos of the little babies. :)
    and i just lovee the one with the soldier waving to the baby in the middle of the gymnasium. so adorable! :)

    Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

    Katherine Elizabeth's headband is completely swoon-worthy! I think I need one!

    As for the troops, it is all too often that we forget how special these individuals are. What they have given up for our country and the trials and tribulations they face daily in honor of our freedom back at home. Whether I support the war or not is indeed not the issue, it's supporting these men and women that truly matters. Thank you for reminding us of that. I am so happy your whole family was able to enjoy this.

    davesanngel said...

    What an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing!