I know you’re hurt and in pain but HANG IN THERE! You did what you could and in my heart YOU NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN. You know why you’re a soldier, because you love the U.S.A. and want FREEDOM! I hope you heal fast so you can see the ones you love this holiday season.
This was an exerpt from one of many heartfelt cards my 5th grade students sent to wounded U.S. soldiers as a part of the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Project sponsored by the American Red Cross. As I read each card, I was reminded of the price that has been paid for the precious freedoms we enjoy. These brave men and women left their families and the comforts of home to serve our country with no promise of when they might return or in what condition they might return. Many are recovering in military hospitals this holiday season and may be feeling alone, discouraged and hopeless. My prayer is that these letters and cards sent by students throughout the United States provide these heroes with a powerful reminder that they are not forgotten.
I believe the Christmas message can provide our soldiers hope and encouragement along with each of us. After all, Jesus left the comforts of His home in heaven for a lowly manger in the middle of a foreign land. He gave up His heavenly benefits to serve. He battled many enemies, felt abandoned and lonely at times and endured physical pain and suffering. This Heavenly Soldier paid the ultimate price for the freedom of every soul that ever lived and will live. He successfully accomplished the mission He was assigned. His gifts of eternal love, hope, peace and joy are available to all those who choose to unwrap and receive them.
LIFE LESSON: Freedom comes at a high cost. Our wounded heroes have sacrificed much so we can live freely. Like them, many of us may be searching for hope, encouragement, joy and peace this holiday season. These spiritual gifts can’t be bought but they can be shared if we ourselves have received them from the Mighty Leader of heaven’s army.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah: 9:6