Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's Almost Here...

Thanks to Mary Engelbreit for the above artwork

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Let's Keep Christmas

I bought a book this summer at a thrift store entitled "The Best of Peter Marshall", that was compiled and edited by his wife Catherine Marshall. Peter Marshall came to America from Scotland when he was a boy. He eventually became pastor of Washington DC's historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and was chaplain of the US Senate in the late 1940's. His daily prayers were widely quoted in the press and senators sought him out as "their" pastor. He died of a heart attack at 46, and his widow Catherine compiiled many of his sermons, sayings and stories into several books which are all now considered Christian classics. Catherine Marshall has been with Guideposts for many years but I never knew much of Peter Marshall's work until reading this book. This little excerpt I am posting here is from his message 'Let's Keep Christmas', which "was heard for a quarter of a century over radio stations at Christmastime." You may have seen the movie about his life, A Man Called Peter, by 20th Century Fox...I have not, so I can not comment about its accuracy or content...but here is an abbreviated version of Peter Marshall's Christmas message.

Changes are everywhere.
Many institutions and customs that we once thought sacrosanct have gone by the board. Yet there are a few that abide, defying time and revolution.
The old message "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" is still the heart of Christmas.
It can be nothing else.
And this message can neither be changed-nor quite forgotten although there are many things that tend to make us forget.

The idea of Santa Claus coming in a helicopter does not ring true.
No interior decorator with a fondness for yellow or blue could ever persuade me to forsake the Christmas colors of red and green.

I must confess that modernistic Christmas cards leave me cold. I cannot appreciate the dogs and cats, the galloping horses, the ships in full sail, or any of the cute designs that leave out the traditional symbols of the star...the manger...the wise men on their camels. Angels there must be- but they need not be nodernistic angels in evening dress with peroxide permanents.

There is no need to search for stories new and different. There is only one after all- and no modern author can improve it.

We all feel the pressure of approaching Christmas. The traffic is terrible. You can't find a parking space, the stores are crowded, mob scenes make shopping a nightmare. You are thinking about presents- wondering what in the world you can get for so-and-so. You can't think of anything they need (which is rather strange when you take time to think of it).

Maybe there is nothing in a store that they need. But what about some token of love- what about love itself, and friendship, and understanding, and consideration, and a helping hand, and a smile, and a prayer? You can't buy these things in any store, and there are the very things people need.

Let's not permit the crowds and the rush to crowd Christmas out of our hearts, for that is where it belongs. Christmas is not in the stores, but in the hearts of people.

Let's not give way to cynicism and mutter that "Christmas has become commercialized." It never will be - unless you let it be. Let's not succomb to the sophistication that complains, "Christmas belongs only to the children." That shows that you have never understood Christmas at all, for the older you get, the more it means, if you know what it means.

Have you been saying, "I just can't seem to feel the Christmas spirit this year"? That's too bad. As a confession of lack of faith, it is rather significant. You are saying that you feel no joy that Jesus came into the world...You are confessing that His presence in the world is not a reality to you...Maybe you need all the more to read the Christmas story over again...sit down with Gospel of Luke and think about it.

We hope that there will be snow for Christmas. Why? It is not really important, but it is so nice, and old-fashioned, and appropriate, we think. There will be the fragrance of baking, and the warmth of the house, melodious with the strains of "Silent night, holy night..." and we shall sweep the skies for their brightest colors and festoon our homes with stars...and we will remember what Christmas means- the beginning of Christianity, the Second Chance for the world, the hope for peace, and the only way.

The years that are gone are graveyards in which all the persuations of men have crumbled into dust. If history has any voice, it is to say that all the ways of men lead nowhere. There remains one way-The Way-untried, untested, unexplored fully...the way of Him who was born a babe in Bethlehem.

In a world that seems not only to be changing, but even to be dissolving, there some tens of millions of us who want Christmas to be the same... with the same old greeting "Merry Christmas"and no other. We want to hold on to the old customs and traditions because they strengthen our family ties, bind us to our friends, make us one with all mankind for whom the Child was born, and bring us back again to the God who gave His only begotten Son...

So we will not "spend" Christmas, nor "observe" Christmas...we will "KEEP" Christmas- keep it as it is, in all the loveliness of its ancient traditions.

May we keep it in our hearts, that we may be kept in its hope.

Peter Marshall, Senate Chaplain
photo from 1955

Sounds like this could have been written THIS year in America, not way back when...


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Icy Wind

Here is a lovely picture that expresses how it feels here today! An icy wind has been blowing ALL DAY!

the original picture is from


Time to stay warm! Clean house, wrap Christmas, cook for company, sit and read a book! I just can't get brave enough to be outside!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

One Million Moms

I get regular e-mails from an organization named One Million Moms. Here is their mission statement.

"OneMillionMoms.com was begun to give moms an impact with the decision-makers and let them know we are upset with the messages they are sending our children and the values (or lack of them) they are pushing.
Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!"

Here is my latest e-mail about the progress made in 2010.

SUBJECT:  OMM's Smashing Year!

December 9, 2010

Dear Lisa,

I guess is when you signed up for One Million Moms you wondered if we could really make a difference. Well, read on...the results speak for themselves! OMM has fought many battles over the last twelve months, and the victories are what make all of our efforts worthwhile. What a remarkable difference YOU are helping make in our culture. Together, and with God's help, we are taking a stand and making a tremendous impact in our country! We are thankful for each and every accomplishment we have had in 2010. Here is a list of our highlights:

VP of Corporate Affairs for Wrigley, Andy Pharoah, apologized and stated they will not be using inappropriate phrases on their packaging going forward. They will be making appropriate changes to their Extra gum packaging.

Claire's took swift action to remove the razor blade jewelry line from their shelves! They appreciated our notes of concern and apologized. Claire's also stated they appreciate the important work of OMM!

After informing Jiffy Lube of an ad we found disgusting, they assured OMM they did not give the franchisee permission to print this ad and have taken the appropriate steps to make sure that it is pulled from circulation.

OMM has closely monitored the television program "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and the advertisers you contacted who are no longer sponsoring this show are: Dairy Queen, Kellogg's, Schick, 1-800-Contacts, Pamprin (Chattem, Inc), Pizza Hut (Yum Brands), Chili's (Brinker International) and Stride Shift Gum (Cadbury Adams USA LLC).

The following sponsors have pulled their support from the program "GLEE": Hanesbrands, TJ Maxx, Burger King, Virgin Mobile (Sprint) and Arby's.

ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" lost sponsorship from Pizza Hut and KFC (both owned by Yum Brands), Coca-Cola, and M&M's (Mars, Inc).

There is still work that needs to be done, but we have seen an improvement in what products Sears is offering on their website.

OMM applauds you for your dedication! We are truly grateful for each member's support. We are making a HUGE difference! OMM needs your financial help in gearing up for a knockout year in 2011! Thanks for your support!

Monica Cole, Director

P.S. Please forward this to your family and friends! Become a fan of OneMillionMoms on Facebook! If you use Twitter, keep up with the latest information by following us.
Here is the link if YOU want to join! http://www.onemillionmoms.com/purpose.asp

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fun with Hot Tea

Time for hot drinks! now that it's December in America...

My little man likes to have tea sometimes with his sister. Today he asked me to make him some Green Tea, because "that's what they do in Japan!" (he has just been learning about that country in 2nd grade at school)
I told him I didn't have any green tea, but I had some other tea "that I think you will like." Actually it is a Rooibos, Lemon Chiffon. I special ordered this several years ago from a shop in Albany, Oregon, where my sister-in-law had taken me when we visited out there one summer. Whenever I make this for the children, they always enjoy it, whereas if I make something like English Breakfast or Darjeeling they may not. 

Now, David is All Boy, as you will be able to tell from these pictures. I don't really know what it is about the "taking tea" that he likes, unless it is stirring lots of sugar into it!

(see my wrapping paper in the background? I've been wrapping Christmas Gifts!)
I found this little teapot for the kids
at a thrift store! I love it

David decides to stir with both hands,
twirling the spoon...
getting the table messy...
I told him to try to be neat and he said, "Boys are different from girls!"
I told him he could be a gentleman, anyway...

So much for the gentlemanly manners!

Julia likes to be a lady!
I gave them some gingersnap cookies to dunk in their tea
(they are in the little jar with the rubber seal)

I love my little chick-a-dee-dee-dees!

Monday, December 6, 2010

For the US Military

Let's dedicate this song to our loved ones that are serving in the Armed Forces...thanks to Josh Groban for such a beautiful rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas".

And great news from one of my son's best friends that is also a Marine...He is coming home for Christmas REALLY! He's already back from Afghanistan, in de-briefing in California...Welcome Home Gerald!!!!!

Beautiful Song For Christmas

Lovely, lovely, LOVELY!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Glory Be!

Christmastime is here! I love this time of year, when stores will play Christmas music that mentions Jesus and God and praise to Him that otherwise would not dare to play Christian music any other time of year! And the radio stations too...LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

Here is a new Christmas song to me- having not been raised in a Methodist Church is probably why I've never heard it before. The tune is ELLACOMBE, which I equate with "I sing the mighty power of God that makes the mountains rise"...

Glory Be To God On High

Glory be to God on high,
And peace on earth descend:
God comes down: He bows the Sky:
He shows Himself our Friend!
God the invisible appears,
God the blest, the Great I Am
Sojourns in His vale of tears.
And Jesus is the name.

Him the angels all adored
Their maker and their king;
Tidings of their humbled Lord
They now to mortals bring:
Emptied of His majesty,
Of His dazzling glories shorn,
Being's source begins to be
And God Himself is Born!

See the eternal Son of God
A mortal son of man,
Dwelling in an earthly clod
Whom Heaven cannot contain!
Stand amazed, ye Heavens at this!
See the Lord of Earth and Skies
Humbled to the dust He is,
And in a manger lies!

We the sons of men rejoice,
The Prince of Peace proclaim,
With heaven's host lift up our voice,
and shout Immanuel's name;
Knees and hearts to Him we bow;
Of our flesh and of our bone
Jesus is our brother now,
And God is all our own!

- by Charles Wesley

I LOVE THESE WORDS!!! May they fill our hearts with JOY at this season of year...

This tune Ellacombe also has been used to the words of another Methodist Christmas song, 'Jesus Christ".
Here are the words to it:

Hail to the Lord's Anointed, Great David's greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; To take away transgression, And rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong; To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, Whose sould, condemned and dying, Are precious in His sight.

He shall come down like showers Upon the fruitful earth, Love joy, and hope, like flowers, Spring in His path to birth. Before Him, on the mountains, shall peace the herald go, And righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.

To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend; His kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end;
The tide of time shall never His covenant remove; His name shall stand forever: that Name to us is Love.
-these words are by James Montgomery, 1771-1854

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Repost- The Fulness of Time

Allow me, please, to repost a former blogging today...this is from last year, about this same time. The Christmas Crunch is coming upon us! and I do not want to start posting new blog material until December The First! (I did go ahead and dress up my page for this new season)  So, thanks for letting me do this the easy way...Hope you enjoy this again, or if this is a first time read for you, Great! The pictures are all from Google Images, and I have permission to use the material from this book on my blog. Here goes.........

"It is a good thing for a hurried modern man to come up against something he cannot hurry, for so many of the best things in life are like that. If we limit our lives to the things we can control and hurry or retard at will, we limit our lives to things that are very shallow and unimportant. In one of the great teachings of our Lord, He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear" (Mark 4:26-28). After the farmer has his crop in the ground and has done his part, he might just as well sleep at night. The outcome of the harvest is in hands much greater than his, and not one thing can he do to hurry the grain to appear in the fullness of time. He might as well trust the processes of God and take time to be sociable with his neighbors, kind to his wife, and interested in his children. No amount of worry will hurry the quiet, ever-active processes of God.

How much peace and joy would increase in the world if we would all remember that things depend on the fullness of time. We take so many things into our own hands and believe our hands must always be active or the world will stop. We seem to think if we stop to enjoy the world, the world itself might stop. One cannot really live without faith that he can plant and cultivate, and then leave the harvest in the hands of God.  When we hear newscasts and wonder what the future holds, what comfort to know that in the midst of all man's meanness and cruelty there is another stream of events flowing silently along. God is letting His seeds grow, and He will bring about his purposes in "the fullness of time, we know not how." One of the great passages of the Old Testament is in Genesis 8 after the flood, the promise that "while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease." God is fulfilling His plans regardless of what men do.

One day in the fullness of time, you will stand on the step of eternity, ready to walk into the glorious presence of the Father. You may pause and look back on the road you have traveled, and say, "If I had only known when I faced....(whatever), if I had only known how God was working out His purposes and His marvelous design in all of this, that His seeds were growing even while men slept, I would not have been so troubled. I would have been more calm and cheerful and much easier to live with.
When we become too wrapped up in the doings of man, it is time to go out at night and look up into the sky and compare man's satellites with the great satellite God has put in orbit- the moon. It is time to ponder the mystery of the seed, and the kingdom that comes in the fullness of time...as surely as springtime follows winter, and birds build nests and sing even when we have not shown them how to do it."

from the book "By the River of No Return" by Don Ian Smith

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

National Bible Week

I am "cutting and pasting" for this blog post...from townhall.com columnist Janet M. LaRue comes this information, and scathing reproof to our nation's president, who falls in our US esteem more every day.

Ramadan got a White House banquet. “National Bible Week” hasn’t gotten a mention, much less an honorable one, by its Honorary Chairman Barack Hussein Obama. National Bible Week, founded by the National Bible Association, has been celebrated during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 21-28, since its beginning in 1941. According to the National Examiner: December 8 through 14, 1941 was set as the very first National Bible Week. President Roosevelt agreed to host celebratory events at the White House. A media campaign was planned. Civic and fraternal organizations pledged their support, along with many members of the faith community. To launch the week, a national radio broadcast on the NBC radio network was scheduled for December 7th. That first Bible reading broadcast was interrupted with news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon every radio in the nation was tuned to NBC for news on the attack. In between reports network executives asked National Bible leaders to continue to read the Bible throughout the day. … The President of the United States is the Honorary Chairman of National Bible Week and he issues a White House message.

Americans at war wisely turned to God’s word for guidance and comfort. Obama would do well to follow the example of President Roosevelt and subsequent presidents by encouraging Americans to read the greatest source of moral and spiritual guidance known to man. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were Honorary Co-Chairs in 2008.

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983 the Year of the Bible, stating:   The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible's teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.

President George H. W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring 1990 to be the International Year of Bible Reading, stating:   More important, our moral tradition has been shaped by the laws and teachings it contains. It was a biblical view of man -- one affirming the dignity and worth of the human person, made in the image of our Creator -- that inspired the principles upon which the United States is founded.

According to a Pew Research Center survey in February 2008, 71.4 percent of the United States population identifies as Christians, 1.7 percent as Jews, and 0.6 percent as Muslim.   Incredibly, Obama claimed in 2009, “If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Despite the fact that 71.4 percent of Americans identify with Christianity, Obama said, “[W]e’re no longer a Christian nation.”   Since Obama has expended so much presidential capital extolling the tiny Muslim minority in the United States, you’d think that as Honorary Chairman of National Bible Week he’d show recognition and respect to the Book on which this Judeo-Christian nation is based.  Obama concluded his Ramadan remarks praising Islam by saying, “The writ of the Founders must endure.” Apparently, he needs a refresher course on some of writ of the Founders about the Bible and our Founding, available with citations at Wallbuilders.com:

John Adams: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. … Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!”

Thomas Jefferson: “The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.”

John Jay: “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

Noah Webster: “[O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion.”

Daniel Webster: “[T]he Christian religion – its general principles – must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society. … Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens. … [T]o the free and universal reading of the Bible… men [are] much indebted for right views of civil liberty.”

Joseph Story: “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.”

Roger Sherman: “[I]t is the duty of all to acknowledge that the Divine Law which requires us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves, on pain of eternal damnation, is Holy, just, and good. . . . The revealed law of God is the rule of our duty.”

Benjamin Rush: “[T]he only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible.”

And there’s then Sen. Obama who ridiculed using the Bible as a “guide for our public policy.” So it’s not surprising that he ignored National Bible Week while honoring “National Farm-City Week,” Nov. 19-25, in a 438 word presidential proclamation.

It’s not hard to understand why the “writ of the Founders” is preserved in marble and the writ of Obama is fit for an Etch A Sketch.

Here is the original posting if you want to visit. http://townhall.com/columnists/JanetMLaRue/2010/11/23/obama_oblivious_about_bible_week
Happy Thanksgiving Tomorrow! I'm still thankful the majority of Americans acknowledge God and Christianity, no matter how much SOME deny it with all their puny strength. America, you are in my prayers DAILY, and Mr Obama, you need to think about what will happen when you have to stand before Almighty God to give an account of yourself. I would not be in your shoes for anything. I do pray for you, and if you do not CHANGE you have a lot of reaping that won't be pleasant.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cold November

"In old agrarian calendars, the first of November was the beginning of the new year. Gray and cold, the air is charged with the coming frost. Soon the ground will be frozen solid, the grass covered with early snow.

Could we take that leap of faith that NOW is when gardening begins? - with an approaching end?

Everything will grow quiet in the cold's embrace...

Winter is a chance to stop, to turn our backs on effort. We can let ourselves rest.

This is true for great losses in life. A clean acceptance of them is finally freedom. The slow recovery from grief is a winter season of sleep, of rest, and allowing things to be. It is trusting that "what is" just now will move us to "what can be." Joy and loss are together. Loss cauterizes, and grief, when fully accepted, opens us to new life, to a mysterious, inexplicable JOY."

-adapted from A Mystic Garden by Gunilla Norris

(Pictures from Google Images)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Life Is Good

Oh, the wild joys of living!
The leaping from rock up to rock.

The strong rending of boughs from the firtree,

the cool silver shock
of the plunge in a pool's living water,

the hunt of the bear,

and the sultriness
showing the lion is couched in his lair.

How good is man's life, the mere living!
How fit to employ
all the heart and the soul and the senses
forever in joy!
-Robert Browning


Monday, November 15, 2010

Hearts for God

Give us, O Lord,
which no unworthy thought can drag downwards;
which no tribulation can wear out;
UPRIGHT hearts,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,
DILIGENCE to seek Thee,
WISDOM to find Thee,
that may finally embrace Thee.

-Thomas Aquinas

Friday, November 12, 2010

Apron Strings

When children persistently tug at our apron strings, we become skillful at sweeping them aside in spite of the fact that they are our reason for making a home. Likewise we develop the skill of sweeping God aside and ignoring His presence. He is nearer than breathing, closer than hands and feet, and we were created for fellowship with Him. He is persistently eager to guide us, to show us how to find joy in the humblest task, to release us from the monotony of things, and to introduce us to the eternity of life abundant. God's tug is firm, constant, and difficult to ignore. Only the insensitiveness of our hearts can keep Him distant.

If we admit Him into our consciousness, He will transform us from housekeepers into His Handmaids. We are released from the monotony of tasks no one seems to appreciate or even notice to the freedom of performing each small task "as unto Him." Allowing God to make Himself known to us in our homes rewards us with divine companionship, eternal purpose, peace that passes understanding, and a joy no one can take from us.

Today, reach out to God and invite Him into your consciousness.

- Martha Meister Kiely, Devotions for Women at Home, 1959

Prayer: "Behold thy handmaid, O God,
and be it unto me according to thy will. Amen"

Mother's Prayer
Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle, smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.

And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when in years to come my house is still,
No bitter memories its rooms may fill.
-author unknown

(the first picture in this post features 
Patrice at Mom's Best Bets blog
all other photos are from Google Images)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day 2010

Go to this link to read "What America Means To Me"
There's some great pictures also...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In honor of the United States Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, I am happy to post the traditional message from the commandant. This year, the honor falls to Gen. James F. Amos, who took over as the Marine Corps’ 35th commandant on Oct. 22. Gen. Amos served at Camp Lejeune as the commanding officer of II Marine Expeditionary Force from July 2004 to July 2006.

SIXTY YEARS AGO, the United States Marine Corps — as it has throughout our history — demonstrated its vital role as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps’ history — the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.

This past year marked the end of Marine Corps combat operations in Iraq. Beginning with the invasion in March 2003 and through the next seven years of fighting, our Corps acquitted itself valiantly in the Anbar province and throughout the country. Locations such as Fallujah and Ramadi have taken their place in the illustrious battle history of our Corps. Our efforts in defeating the insurgency helped to build a brighter future for all Iraqis.

For 235 years, at sea and ashore, Marines have succeeded in every clime and place … where hardship and adversity have often been the common thread. Today, in the rugged mountains and valleys of Afghanistan — and recently in earthquakedamaged Haiti… in floodravaged Pakistan… or off the coast of Africa — we continue to protect our Nation, just as we did 60 years ago in Korea.

To the Marines and Sailors deployed overseas, to those training and preparing for their next deployment and to the warriors who no longer wear our uniform… we honor your selfless service to the Nation. To our loved ones who endure the many difficulties that come with being part of the Marine Family, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for all you have done and all you continue to do.

Happy 235th Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
James F. Amos
U.S. Marine Corps

Please pray for the members of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment called "Darkhorse" - they have lost 13 members in Afghanistan since October, including 2 killed by a sniper and 4 killed in a bombing within the last week. The 3/5 is made up of  H&S Co, India Co, Kilo Co, Lima Co, and Weapons Co. My son was in Kilo Co...he was able to find out some of the names of the fallen. Pray for the families of the KIA Marines, and their brothers-in-arms still in harm's way.

And if you have room for more prayer, please pray for my son Ben- he has to struggle with the knowledge that the men he trained with are in Afghanistan and he is not...And I remember in prayer virtually every day his other Marine buds from our church, Gerald Sorrell and Steven Sallee. May they come safely home soon.