Be Encouraged! 5/28/12

Howdy all!  I had some time to kill early yesterday, so I got on the book of face and played me some good ole Texas Holdem.  A fellow got on there with an icon of 2 guys dressed in full military gear facing each other in what looked like a helicopter. He said he was one of the guys.  So I thanked him for his service and the honor to play him.  The rest of the table followed suit.  It was cool.  And just before writing, I heard the sounds of spring peril on my back porch: a baby owl that fell to the ground from its nest.  You know, they aren’t small even as babies!  Got some pics; maybe I’ll post them if I figure out this dag-bern contraption!

Any hoo,..

But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble. ~ Isaiah 33:2

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Today, We The People celebrate the memory of heroes to us all; those who fell bravely, and those who serve ready to fall if necessary.  They do this out of love of country, duty, honor, respect, and responsibility.  True, America claims the beginning of the summer season today, and vendors across the nation have big sales on everything.  But, as we watch the parades in air conditioned homes, or barbeque on our porch by the pool, brave men and women eat food prepackaged years ago.  They get comfort in a hole they have to dig themselves.  They lay down to sleep on rocky ground, with their rifles and sidearms ready to use.  Jefferson said the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  But we are not all being vigilant.  They are.  They are vigilant for us, for our safety, for our protection, for our republic.  And don’t think for one minute that they don’t miss the soft pillows, or warm burgers, or fresh watermelon and ice cream.  Yet, we will not hear their complaints.  They won’t let us hear them.  That is part of their price for freedom.  So We the People do offer up in prayer the verse from Isaiah 33:2.  Be merciful to our heroes Lord.  Be their strong arm each day and their salvation in times of trouble. 

They offer their lives for us.  The least we can do is offer our prayers for them.  Maybe a card game or two as well.

Take care, God bless,


Tom Kiley

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