Welcome back. Sorry I’ve been away so long; a lot of sickness this winter. Congestion, weakness, etc. They’re calling it “non-specific rhinitis, and I’m on some high-powered drugs that seem to be working but are accompanied by rough side-effects. More sensitivity now for those with chronic breathing problems (I thought I’d already had that sensitivity training…more than a few times!) Oh well…
Valentine’s Day. How thankful I am for finding love in this world of broken promises and dreams! When our love is grounded in God’s grace, forgiveness, and new beginnings, then we can give and receive what the Bible calls agape, that unconditional acceptance that we desperately need in order to be human.
Veterans, a huge part of your healing will be in making this discovery. You will need to trust, and that may take a long time (as it did in my case). I know you’ve put armor around your heart, because that’s what you were trained to do. You had to steel yourself against all emotions in order to function in hard and horrid circumstances, but now is the time to “stack arms,” to find a safe place, and to try opening yourself to human affection. It will require the same kind of courage you displayed while on active duty, and it may be a long hump (journey), but I know you can do it.
I’ll be praying for you…and for all who need to know beyond all doubt that they are loved, not for what they do, what they possess, what medals they’ve earned, but for who they are.