This morning I received an email with this wonderful rendition of our National Anthem; sang by our military choirs.
It TOTALLY touched my heart this morning and made me think of all those men and women in our armed services that are in harms' way. Our son got out of Iraq from his second tour this last March and out of the Army in May. He is now a college student and I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief. I have to be honest now that our son is safe I have not been as diligent praying for our troops. They need our prayers now more than ever as August was the deadliest months for our troops in Afghanistan but you will be hard pressed to find much in the news about it. I googled "Afghanistan August 2009" trying to find a good article to use here and I'll be honest it was hard to find. I found this blurb below that gives the statistics.
"From NBC's Courtney Kube and Jim Miklaszewski
August has been the deadliest month for the U.S. military in the entire Afghanistan war.
As of this afternoon, 51 American service members have been killed in Afghanistan this month. That breaks the previous record set only last month when 45 Americans were killed in July.
With four months to go, this is also already a record year for American casualties in Afghanistan -- 182 U.S. service members have been killed so far this year, compared to last year's 155."
We have a lot going on in our home land right now but we need to take some time each day praying for the safety of our troops as well as praying for our nation.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14