2 Days

“I only have two days left with my family…” …two unobligated, non-itinerated days before deploying for the better part of a year. 

A lump begins forming in my throat at this thought. My instinct is to squelch the emotion and tell myself something like, “it’ll be okay” or “it’s not that bad.” Yet, I enter the sorrow that accompanies the thought. I don’t drown in it or let myself be overcome or controlled by the emotion. But I enter it. I experience it fully because it drives me to make the most of these remaining hours and moments with Katherine and Gabe.

By experiencing the great sorrows of life, we enable ourselves to fully and deeply experience the great joys of life too. This is one of life’s secrets.

So I will make the most of the two days we have left and I will look forward to the great joy of our family’s reunion to come.

Family

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We don’t get to choose many of our family members: mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, cousin, in-laws, out-laws,

Add to the list of “extended family” some of our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The understanding of what family means becomes diverse and robust.

In the Army, we add additional family members to include: our fire team, squad, platoon, 1SG, CO, as well as company and battalion.

A prominent 1st century leader once asked, “Who is my mother and my brothers?”  Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”  [Mark 3:33-34 NIV]

What this text identifies is that the strength of family is found in a shared commitment to those things which are larger than ourselves. All families experience both challenges and opportunities, disappointments and victories. What keeps us together is shared commitment.

(Word of the Day at 11JULY Yellow Ribbon Event) #WOTDseries #Drop7