Those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” Psalm 126:6
The scripture for today reminds me of when thousands of troops arrived home to Phoenix from Iraq and Afghanistan. I’d like to think their heavy hearts were lifted when they stepped off the airplane, but in all too many cases, our soldiers come back seriously wounded or scarred for life, and to wives or husbands who moved on to the arms of someone else.
Should history repeat itself, many of the psychologically wounded will become street people addicted to drugs and living out their lives with no joy.
The more fortunate soldiers arrived home to the arms of loved ones and their four-legged friends. For an Advent boost, watch the following YouTube film that shows dogs greeting their master upon his or her return from deployment:
Dear Lord, help us find ways to share joy with those who have suffered—especially our military men and women. Amen.