Hearts are emboldened with the knowledge that God is ever present and help in times of peace and war. Every season is the season for the presence of the Lord.

History is replete with accounts of laudable and heroic actions by brave soldiers at all levels of military service. Their numerous sacrifices shouldn’t ever be lightly esteemed for they give for the good of nations.

Countless lives were lost in war; scores of men and women returned without limbs; with little hope, mental instabilities and major uncertainties. Our love swells for what the soldiers gave and for what military personnel continue to give of themselves for common and beneficial causes. I remember, with deep admiration, former NFL player Pat Tillman. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America, he forsook a $3.6 million contract to become an Army Ranger. Do we not marvel at Tillman’s patriotism and dedication to a worthier pursuit than money?!

Resources inform us of the various soldiers who greatly contributed to war efforts and valiant accomplishments. Respect is present for the various specialties, techniques, skills and tools put into formation for the causes of freedom and liberty for we the people. Yes, we have gratitude for the meetings in the Situation Rooms where strategies are mapped out and crucial decisions are made and, subsequently, missions are executed.

Every rank performs with precision to bring together cohesive units of fighting “machines.” The comradeship is honored; particularly, in times of conflict, it’s a vital ingredient for successful missions to be accomplished. In perilous exercises, team work isn’t an option but rather a sure necessity. Unfamiliar people and territories can be daunting and rife with stress, but harmonious team engagements make the whole of war more bearable. Yes, comradeship is a definite plus in wartime situations.

Generals can’t win wars without privates; privates can’t win wars without generals. All fit into the grand scheme of military operations. On land, on and under the waters, in the air, crawling on bellies in jungles and insect laden forests — soldiers soldier on to handle the vital duties for the good of we the people. We salute their bravery, their skills, their commitment, their solidarity and their love for countries. Yes, with robust enthusiasm, we salute the service men and women of valor.

This tribute wouldn’t be complete without extensions of respect and gratitude to the families of military personnel. Truly, they too sacrifice and labor with episodes of loneliness and heartache in their roles as spouses, parents, children and assorted relatives/friends. Often, military family members uproot, miss promotions, and quit jobs as they wrestle with sometimes overwhelming circumstances and responsibilities. Financial challenges, more than seldom, arise to buffet already heavy hearts.

Thanks be to God, that love and loyalty are key and prove to make so much worth every measure of endurance. Song of Solomon 8:7 – KJV, “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: . . .” Joys and pleasures surface and thrill to provide balances and assurances that faith and hope continue to be realities. What can we do to assist in the family lives of service men and women to give them relief from some of their responsibilities and inconveniences?

My spirit quickens with appreciation for the marvelous love and deeds of God in the midst of everything that life presents as we experience its variations.

1 Timothy 1:18 – KJV . . . war a good warfare;

Philippians 2:25 – KJV . . . my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, . . . and he that ministered . . .

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At ease, soldiers.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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