No laughing matter …

“Those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” Psalm 126:6

winterThe 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.

 

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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