My son James is serving in Iraq although he just left only a month ago it feels like it has been a life time my heart aches every minute of the day I am so proud of him I look at him and see the man he has become, he is a great father and a wonderful son, I have talked to him a few times on the phone today we talked by instant message on the Internet the phones were down, that was very hard to hear many thoughts go through my mind of why they are down, he has told me it's not that bad, and the Iraqi people are very nice and appreciative he said there is lots of birds and cool stuff to look at, I try very hard not to pay attention to the news but when I do I cant bear the pain I am feeling until I hear from him, I thank God it wasn't him but my heart aches to hear it's someone else's son that hurts even more because then I am feeling guilty that I was happy for my news, I pray for the families that have to bare that news my heart goes out to you all I know your pain. I know in my heart he will return home and the lord has him and our many other soldiers in his hands and I have faith he will see them thru it all I pray for the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, uncles, aunts, grandmas and grandpas, and all others.
Lord hold them in your loving hands, protect them as they protect us, bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need, I ask this in Jesus name, AMEN?
Thank you for letting me share my story,
Linette, Redmond, Oregon