Red Shirt Fridays: There are a couple of web sites out there that advocate wearing red on Fridays to show support for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m not sure exactly who is the originator of this idea in the US—I think it actually started in Canada by the wives of some Canadian troops in Afghanistan. But regardless of when or where it started, I would like to show my support for our troops by wearing red on Fridays. In fact, I’ve got a couple of Marine Corps tee-shirts I’ll be wearing. Here is a quote from http://www.redshirtfridays.org:
The mission of redshirtfridays.org is to show support for our servicemen and women. We are not a political organization. We do not care whether or not one supports or does not support the war. We care only about making our support of our servicemen and women known to our fellow Americans and the world. We are a silent majority that does not wish to remain silent anymore. We need to let our servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and we will not forget them and we will do this by wearing red on every Friday.
Sam’s Medical Status (from Sam’s Dad Eric):
Good Morning All!
I sincerely enjoy writing to you all and telling you of the amazing progress God is making in Sam and Erin’s lives…Yesterday, through the help of the Holy Spirit, My brother Greg, and Erin; I came to realize something rather clearly. To say Sam was not having a good day would be an understatement. He had another urinary infection, no doubt brought on by the bacteria that resided in his body that he picked up in Iraq. Although painful; I’m not sure it is worse than the meds he’s getting that make him tired, irritable, and lethargic. Wherever it comes from, he feels lousy; and more than that I believe it fatigues his morale. Erin said along about Wednesday he ceased all talking without some real coaxing on her part…Yesterday, all we could get out of him was “Hi Dad,” and a few whispered words to Erin. Whether this be intentional on his part or a result of the meds, or just because he doesn’t feel good enough for banter, is not to be our focus. My Pastor said it best, “This is not 2 steps forward and 1 back; but a step to the side, or just in place until God pushes him forward again.”
I absolutely love to be able to find something about my visits to share with you all that will edify you and lift your spirits regarding Sam’s condition. (I find great joy in this) I will continue to do so and always remember to give God thanks for his mercies and grace to Sam…BUT, even as I give no credence to bad reports, the good ones should be just a matter of fact as well. You may ask; “Well, what else is there, Eric?” Our focus should be on the unchanging and inimitable power of the Word of God. If you remember Abraham in the Old Testament, regarded not his own body and believed without failure in the word of God, and was 100 years old when Isaac was born…(I believe Sarah was 90)…God plays no favorites; what he did for Abraham, he will do for Sam; and that is a creative miracle for total restoration, or an acceleration of his own God given natural healing ability…In all love a friend of mine recently told me that Sam may be restored as much as God wants him to be; well I’m here to say that I totally reject that as an evil report, and will only entertain the thoughts that are brought under submission to Christ for his total restoration…..
Soooo, as I visited with Sam yesterday; I didn’t see a young man with some physical challenges lying there, but a Son of God patiently waiting for his Heavenly Father to fulfill his promise to heal and revive his spirit, mind, and body…and you know, that brings more joy than if I had sent a picture of him gleefully loving on Erin as he did when she arrived…the picture I am sending is of Sam awake; but either too tired to keep his eyes open, unable to because of the meds, or just wanting to escape it all by shutting his eyes and retreating until he feels better…Yes, I already know it; he is handsome even on his less than stellar days…Ha!
Until next time, God is Love…Love creates Faith…God Honors Faith and it is the Only way to please him…Wow!…what a pattern he laid out for us….