Today we stop to honor the many men and women who have chosen to serve America on the frontlines.
And we stop to pray, not only for the soldiers, but for their families. Especially now, as the holidays near, and their absence will be so deeply and painfully felt.
So today … to honor those that serve, I want to pause to remember to be thankful for what I have.
I stop to take a moment to recognize the unsung hero in my own little war zone – my husband – also known as “dad.” He is the hero to three sets of adoring eyes, three sets of sticky and grimy hands, three sets of legs that tackle and beg to play before he has even had a chance to change out of his work clothes.
I stop to contemplate the frequent barricades of unwashed dishes, unfolded laundry, unmade dinners, undone kids (and at times wife!) … and remember in my heart the courage of this man who still comes faithfully and cheerily home, night after night.
I stop to pray for this man, who has held my hand through trials and losses, and has shielded my heart with his words of faith and acts of loyalty, even when he himself has been left a little battle-scarred. I pray for this soldier who has stood firm to love me, our three ever-growing bundles, with Christ-like grace – in a world that constantly pulls soldiers astray.
Today, I salute heroes far and wide. Those who sacrifice to stand in the unthinkable with courage beyond words, you touch all of our lives.
And to the one who has gone through the battles and blessings of the everyday, yet still wakes up and fills our home with the sweet smell of pancakes, you touch my heart. 🙂
Do you have an everyday hero in your life? How so? Please share!