“Those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” Psalm 126:6
The scripture for today makes me think of the troops that arrived home from Iraq and Afghanistan before Christmas in 2011. Thousands of them returned to Phoenix. I’d like to think their heavy hearts were lifted when they stepped off the airplane.
Time has proven that in too many cases, our soldiers came back seriously wounded or scarred for life. In many cases, wives or husbands had moved on to the arms of someone else. For them, the smiles on their faces did not reflect the sadness in their hearts–no laughter or feelings of being blessed.
For the soldiers who arrived home to the arms of loved ones and their four-legged friends, they were truly blessed. For an Advent boost, watched the “YouTube” film that shows dogs greeting their master soldier upon his or her return from deployment: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/40324
Dear Lord, help us find ways to share joy with those who have suffered—especially our military men and women. Amen.