Later in the day while still feeling this way, this verse came to mind:
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
The sacrifice these men and women make for you and me seemed so overwhelming this morning. They love their friend ( country) enough to die for it. How awesome is that?
I am guilty of not always taking the time to remember the sacrifice. The HUGE sacrifice they make. My heart is overflowing with gratitude. Thank you could never be enough. So I will do the best thing I know to do...PRAY!
Dear heavenly Father, I come to you today and ask that you put your arms of protection around these men and women. We don't know what they are doing right now, but you do. Watch over them and tug at the hearts of the ones that don't know you. Whisper to all of them how much you love them. Bring them home safely to their families and fill their loved ones with a peace that surpasses all understanding. Help me to remember their sacrifice on a daily basis so that I never again become so lax with the freedom that they are fighting for. In Jesus' name, Amen