I wanted to put this particular post under it’s own title. While open to all, it is specifically directed at a small, but particularly beloved, group of my readers.
Christmas Eve should be a time for family. Too often, however, many have found themselves without family on this evening. The reason? They are serving their country in military service, and whether in time of war or peace, find themselves in some far off land, away from their loved ones. Nothing I can say, no words I can conjure, can make up for this. No holiday wish I might offer can bring them any closer to home, or reduce the sense of isolation, and even of being forgotten.
But to all those who have taken up this difficult calling, I want to say “thank you”. I have no gift to give, no glorious present all wrapped up in pretty paper, to give you back all the Christmases you’ve spent away from home. The best I can do is offer the gratitude of one soul, who will never forget what you’ve done, and will never allow others to forget as long as I have breath to speak and fingers to type.
So … thank you. And to every soldier, from every nation, may you remain free from harm, and return home to your loved ones, soon and safe. And to those who celebrate it, a hope for a very Merry Christmas.