Monday, December 31, 2007

Gratitude Campaign

My brother-in-law, David, leaves for his third tour in Iraq in a few days and he will be leaving behind my sister and their children. I have such conflicting feelings for what they are all going through; on one hand I am so proud of him because he is one of those tough Marines who was ready to go right back the minute he returned from his last tour, and he can't wait to resume his work. On the other hand, I worry so much for his safety. I worry for my sister who will be parenting alone and working to keep her family life as normal as possible with such an integral piece missing. I also worry for their children who will have to go on, day after day, unsure of what the future holds for their own family and not truly understanding his absence.

My sister recently sent me a link to a wonderful site that encourages yet another way for those of us fortunate enough to be at home, a way to thank those courageous troops whose loyalty to country, and complete selflessness, allows us to be safe and comfortable here.

Please go to this site and watch the short film and then please say a prayer for David, Gina and their family. They are all sacrificing a great deal for all of us and we shouldn't take it for granted.

Stay safe, David, and God's speed.


Anna B. said...

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend Sean in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of he Devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host- by the Divine Power of God- cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam
throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Anna B.

Anna B. said...

Mea Culpa!! I meant David not Sean. it the spell checks fault..

Anna B.

Andrea said...

Thank you for the link to the Gratitude Campaign. I teared up watching it because so many of our soldiers go un-thanked... I'll keep David in my prayers.

Happy New Year! May the coming year be more wonderful than the last!

Devin said...

Anna B., thanks for the perfect prayer.

Andrea, I know, that film gives me goosebumps.

Happy New Year to you both!

Gina said...

Thanks to you all for thinking of David and keeping him in your prayers...and it is kinda weird at first-to thank someone, a stranger, for their sacrifice-but when you hear from your own husband how much it is appreciated and how all those nights of sleeping with one eye open are worth it to hear someone say thank you...we can all muster up enough courage to thank those who possess the most courage of us all.
Thanks Sister, for your thoughtful words and passing on the Gratitude Campaign. I must go dry my eyes now...

Devin said...

Gina, thanks for adding your words. Knowing how much soldiers like David appreciate it, makes thanking them even more important for us all to do. Enjoy your next few days together and please let me know if there is anything we can do to help before and after David's departure. Give him a hug from us.
Love ya sis!

Steph said...

Many thanks to David and family...I know it must be hard. But I am very grateful for what he does for me and my family. Stay safe.

scmom (Barbara) said...

I am grateful for your sister's sacrifice and your bil's commitment. I will keep him in prayer.

Anonymous said...

You both have beautiful families and I will be sure to have you all in my prayers.

Thank you David for ALL that you do, for ALL of us.

Gina said...

David left today. You might think it would get easier with each tour, but you start to think that you maybe running out of luck with having successful missions and returning home in one piece. I think the hardest is watching him say goodbye to our children. Even the toughest Marine becomes human at that point. Thanks again for your prayers...they are so appreciated!

MKHKK said...

Devin, I have added David and his lovely family to my prayer list and prayed a special prayer of safety for him today. The courage and selflessness leaves me speechless. His wife is an amazing woman to take on all that she does alone. They both are heros.