During a quiet moment the soldier hums “Silent Night” and wonders if anyone cares. Then he hears a voice from the darkness:
“I was born this night to bring my Father’s word to the world. My Father is called by many different names and worshiped by many people in different ways. You fight for this freedom and belief and you not alone. Your buddy is with my father now and you are not alone. Well done, American soldier.”
The soldier says a prayer then reassumes his position.
Where is this place that the soldier fights for our freedom? The name and place doesn’t matter. It could be Valley Forge, Northern Virginia, The Ardennes, Chosin Reservoir, Korea, Vietnam or somewhere in Iraq or Afghanistan. For more than 200 years there have been American soldiers far away from home, every Christmas, defending freedom. The soldiers are of both genders, races and religions.
Find a moment, whether with friends or family, or alone, and offer a prayer, asking our Savior to keep our American soldier’s out of harms way and return them safely to there loved ones. God Bless our troops throughout the world and God Bless America. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Speak to you again next week.
Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.