Friday, January 1, 2010

A Mother's Heart in War . . . Day 81, August 26, 2004

The Friday entries of "The Powder Room" are currently from a journal which I started when we found out our son was going to be deployed with the United States Marine Corps to Iraq. The journal was not written with the intention that it would ever be read by anyone else, much less published in any way. There are feelings in the journal that are deep and true and I wasn't sure at first I wanted to share them. But there are many sons and daughters still serving in our armed forces and I think it might be good to share "a mother's heart" with you what those other mothers may be facing. The entries are shared as a tribute to my son and his service to our country, and to all those sons and daughters who continue to willingly place themselves in harm's way for the protection and preservation of liberty.

Day 81, August 26, 2009

Years ago when Noah first went into the Marine Corps I was given great advice, "If he is deployed, don't listen to the news." These were truly words of wisdom spoken from a woman who had "been there".

The other day I was on the treadmill at the gym, surrounded by a bank of televisions, one which was on a news channel. I couldn't hear the narration and I wasn't really reading the closed captions, but the visions and images of desert cammie-clad soldiers walking along sandy streets made me think of my Marine and my eyes welled up with tears. For a few minutes it was a struggle to maintain control, but even though my emotions were in turmoil, my faith was sure.

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear." Isaiah 59:1

". . .This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that He hath spoken." 2 Kings 20:9

My son's safety is of the Lord and the Lord will work all these things for Noah's good, because, as for the Lord, His way is perfect.

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