Whenever I hear of sad stories of falling soldiers in combat, whether from TV or radio, I couldn’t help myself but sympathize. I always feel like a portion of my heart is being ripped or torn apart, and then crushed into tiny pieces. My remark has always been, “How are their families doing now? It must have been really hurtful.”
I know I can never fully understand the ordeal that they are going through because I have not experienced it yet by the mercy and grace of God. Welcoming home a fallen husband from combat is any military wife’s nightmare. Just the thought of it makes me feel so sick from the inside. I do not even want to think about it.
I’ve thought long and hard if I shall publish these thoughts from last night since I try my best to refrain from posting anything that has got to do with our life as a military family. If you’ve been following and reading this blog, you would know that out of more than a hundred posts I’ve written here, only about 1-2% talked about me being a military spouse. I am writing this now because I want to appeal to all of you to always, please, always include military families in your prayers.
Military families may look like an ordinary family to you, but if you would really take time to get to know even just one from us, you’d realize that we also have special needs. The soldiers need your support. The left-behind wives and children need your encouragement. The military families need your appreciation.
When I say appreciation, here’s an example that recently touched my heart posted by Ms. Samantha Ford on Facebook:
“I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today! Came out of Dunkin Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper. There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them.”
Have you thanked a soldier yet? I am not saying that you should all go out and do the same thing like what the US Veteran did. Any simple gesture showing that you appreciate any one of us will already put a big smile in our hearts. I hope one day, someday, the Filipino people would really know the true value of the sacrifice the soldiers and their families are giving. As I always say, we also owe our peaceful sleep at nights to them.
Put feet to your appreciation. It will surely go a long way. In that way, we will know that there are people who sincerely care. Recognize our troops now!
The soldiers also have families to go home to when given time, just like you. These soldiers are also sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. These soldiers are also husbands and wives. These soldiers are also fathers and mothers. There are people who are always waiting for them to come home safe. Our families may not have the privilege of “togetherness” (always being together) just like yours, and that is something for you to be thankful to God about.
You know what my dream is? No more wife will cry because she lost her husband or get wounded in combat and no child will ever grow up without a father because of war. One day. Someday.