A Small Request

(My buddy Reggie, sent this to me in an email and I wanted to pass it on. WC )

As I reflect on this photograph, I see once again that not all the brave leave the “home of the brave” to enter battle; some are required now to be the brave of the home

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but it leaves me speechless and tears in my eyes.

We have a long list of good friends whose husbands are deploying to Iraq next month. One of the wives sent me this. We feel compelled to send it on. Your prayers are deeply appreciated. These guys deserve our love, our hugs and most powerfully, our prayers.

I understand that life in Iraq is very difficult to bear right now. Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance and safety.

“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need… Amen.”

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine deployed in harm’s way, prayer is the very best!!!

13 thoughts on “A Small Request

  1. I cannot even look at photos like these without my heart being wrenched out. I thank God every day that I made it home and my son was not presented one of these flags.

    WC, thanks for posting the photo and for all your continued support for us. We Soldiers appreciate even the smallest thoughts

    Hey Ham,
    I’m glad for you and your son that he was not presented with a flag instead of your return, also.

    No need to thank me, I will always support those who stand the watch and keep us safe. Thank you.


  2. Got that email too, MsChick. Love the pictures .. thank you for posting!

    Hey Red,
    Sometimes you just have to post things and this was one of those for me.


  3. Thanks for posting this.
    I, too, got a copy from Reg.
    The first picture ripped my heart out.
    And yes, I do pray for all the guys and gals over yonder. We don’t always realize it but prayer is powerful stuff.
    Nice post

    Hey Michael,
    That picture is so many things to me – heartbreaking, beautiful, sad, elegant, powerful, loving.

    I hope we all keep praying for them and their families – it’s a small thing and it can mean so much.



  4. God Bless our troops! How are you Annie? I’ve missed you.

    Aw Buggsie, I miss you too. I’m so sorry that I haven’t visited lately – I’m so behind. I promise I’ll swing by to see you soon.



  5. We are counting the days here until Ken’s son returns home from his deployment. The 1st pic is heartbreaking. I don’t think I could look at it for very long.

    Hey Karen,
    Prayers for your boy. I know you guys are counting the days, I would be too in your position.

    The picture is a tough one – it makes me want to hug that little guy and tell him it will be okay. But of course it won’t be – that piece of his heart is gone.


  6. This was very moving. You’re right about the picture (tears). I remember them often.
    It was so great of you to post on this.

    I know there isn’t much to say – just pray for them. All of us, we need to.


  7. I know who the picture is of the first family– I also know where the second one comes from. Interestingly enough…and they are both very powerful.

    Yes, I’ll say a prayer. My best friend’s husband is out there, too, right now.


    Hey Kenz,
    You do? Really? That’s amazing. It is a small world.

    Yes, lots of prayers – for the boy in the picture, your friend’s husband and every other one of ours out there.



  8. Prayers for all our babies.

    Annie, Thank you for this serious post here. I expect funnies when I come here and this was a surprise.

    I appreciate you doing this and admire your outspokenness on this subject. So many just want to laugh and while laughter is good for the soul, so is remembering the very important serious things too – yes , only my opinion.

    I love you.

    Peace now.

    ~ RS ~

    Hey Roobs,
    I love you too honey. I do occasionally do the serious post – the ones that matter. It’s good to laugh but it’s human to care, yes?



  9. Annie,

    Thank you for posting this. I wanted to, but being pretty much a computer illiterate, I couldn’t figure out how to change the format.. (duh)
    The pic brought tears to my eyes when I first recieved it and again when I saw it on here. I just feel so bad for all the families that have lost loved ones to tragedy and deployment. I had a cousin over there for a year and a half and prayed so hard every day that he could just make it back home. For so many that will never happen and it breaks my heart. I love you for posting this, and of course, for being you!

    Prayers for our soldiers. Everyone, please. It only takes a moment.

    I was more than happy to post this. It broke my heart too as I’m sure it did others. But I felt it was something that people needed to see, as hard as it is to look at it. Sometimes we have to acknowledge that life is about the bigger picture and that there are people out there who are literally giving their lives so that ours may be comfortable and peaceful. I pray for them daily and will always do so.

    I love you too.

    If you want help in figuring out how to post something like this, email me and I’ll show you how.



  10. God, i’m crying again. That pic just fucking KILLS me…

    Be thankful that it does – it proves you have a heart. And it’s a big one. 😉


  11. my heart melt to see the picture of the young boy….just a question in mind”how many children needed to suffer losing thier father,how many wives needed to cry.. How many hopes and dreams are needed to lose… How many families will be needed to broken for the war to stop.How many soldiers needed to sacrificed their own life to keep this nation peace.So sad, that lots of innocent lives were affected as result of the never ending war and dispute.I pray that this will end…..it is a nice post…. thanks

    Hi Rhosie,
    Your questions are the same ones that have been asked throughout history. Sadly, I don’t know the answers and I’m not sure anyone else does either. I believe we all pray that the war will end and we will live in peace again.

    In the meantime, we pray for all of our troops and their families and wish them Godspeed.



  12. hi WC,
    I agree to you… it makes us saddened but this is the reality of life… things we cant explain on why this scenarios happening… and when it will stop..
    I hope through your post, people will be touch and see the value of peace, not only on war zone… but rather in thier own home……
    keep writing and inspiring us…

    Hi Rhosie,
    I hope you’re right. God bless.


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