Friday, May 28, 2010

Labor, Lessons, and Love

This morning, I learned something new about one of our co-ops.  We were talking about plans for the weekend and I asked if she had any.  She said "My fiance' is coming home.  He's a Marine stationed in North Carolina."  She proceeded to tell me that he has done two tours.  One in Iraq in (2008-2009) and in Afghanistan (2009).  She said it was the hardest thing they have been through.

Apparently he was one of the 4,000 Marines that President Obama first sent into Afghanistan.  They were told it would be a lot like Vietnam because there would be hardly any technology.  There would be satellite phones that they could call once a month on and just regular ol' mail that came when it came.    She was grateful for him getting home safe because his best friend didn't make it through the first day.  She said her fiance' is leaving the service in October and right now has no idea what his plans are.

I told her about how our daughter is in the Navy and how proud we are of her.  She has been on several missions and we thank God for keeping her safe.  Having a loved one in the military is bittersweet.  Especially when the world we live in has conflict after conflict.  The soldiers struggle just making it through the hour sometimes.  We struggle with our worry and keeping everything going while they are gone.  But in the end it is so worth the reunion.

That reunion is the end result of a long time of labor, lessons, and love.  Just as a Christian's life is.  We work hard to live by God's standards, we learn our lessons about life, and we love.  In the end, we are promised to be united for eternity with Christ.

Philippians 3:20
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 

Colossians 1:5
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 

1Thessalonians 4:16
 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.


  1. we should take more than 2 days a year to thank God for our service men and women!

  2. I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow, and I’m glad I did. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become one as well.

  3. What a lovely reminder of the wonderful reward that awaits all those who believe! Thanks!

    And I agree, thank God for our wonderful men and women in the military, now and in the past!

  4. What a wonderful post! I will keep your daughter and that young woman's fiancee in my prayers. I am so thankful for the men and women who serve in the armed forces! Have a blessed week-end!

  5. I will also be lifting up your daughter and all other service members up to the Lord. What an uplifting and inspirational post.

    I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come over to my blog and read some of my posts. God bless, Lloyd

  6. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd