And just like that, we are a military family.
And just like that all the stories, all the wars, and all the decisions our country makes, suddenly mean so much more to me. I realize he is only a small soldier in a great war. He does his part for justice. He raises his hand in salute. With one small wave of a hand, a signature is made. With one small gesture, a grand commitment, a vow is spoken; to protect, to serve, to honor, to trust.
And suddenly, because he is military, he is army. We are army.
We are all sacrificing, sending a piece of our heart to battle. We may fear. We may cry. We may worry. But we have courage.
We know in the end, it is all bigger than ourselves anyway. It's all bigger than the battle. It's all more than a country or people or lover of justice.
We know we do what God equips and calls us to do. We are what God wants us to be. And we have courage because we are His. And He is ours.
And if God is for us ... no matter what treachery or pain, instability or loss, choice or not ... no matter what this world brings upon us ... we are His.
And if God. If God. If God. Creator of all things, lover of our souls, maker of the universe, comforter of the hurting, almighty defender, if God is for us ... who can be against us?
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
**For my family and yours, who gives parts of their hearts everyday for the safety and defense of others. **