. Have you ever come face to face with a service man or woman and perhaps stumbled with the right words that would reflect your appreciation for what they are doing in your life? It's so easy to take for granted the freedom that we have in this country. These men and women are making sacrifices big time so that this freedom will continue to be ours. Not only are they making a difference, but so are their families.
I recently watched a show on Oprah Winfrey where Tom Brokaw was interviewing a young family whose husband/father is now blind because of what happened to him while he was fighting for our freedom. He lost several buddies and the loss of his eyesight — really, he lost his "normal" life. I marveled at his wife and children and how they are dealing with this loss. They exemplify what true strength and courage is. The family has a new life now (a more challenged life) — definitely a "new" life. It is important that the rest of us understand that these families don't want to be (and certainly don't deserve to be) forgotten during these stressful times. These service men and women need to be applauded for what they are doing for the rest of us and there IS something we can to to make a difference.
Spend some time daily praying for these men and women and their families. It may seem like not that big of thing to you, but it is probably the most powerful action you can take.
Fix a meal for a family whose soldier is deployed, or share cookies or a special treat.
If the family has small children, offer to babysit so that the spouse remaining at home can run errands, or simply have time to themselves.
Mow the yard or shovel the driveway (depending on the season). These are"extra" jobs that take up a lot of time for one parent.
Send a card on a routine basis to the soldier and/or family member at home. Heartfelt greetings are a treasure to those receiving them – a very special gift straight from the heart.
Above all, say "THANK YOU" whenever given the chance….our freedom is a gift that deserves appreciation.