Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Honors and Tears

Today at 2:45pm the army will participate in what is known as a ramp ceremony for Christian and the other fallen men. We have been forewarned; this, they say, will be difficult. Apparently it is very moving, very honoring, very final in many ways. That is 8:45am EST.

The family is doing well, finding hope in Christ, lending strength to one another. Our God is a true buckler, a mighty fortress. We see the difference between those with hope and those without. Liz is grateful for hope. She knows this will be hard. She wishes with all her heart it could be different. But she knows that she is in His hands. And better yet, she knows that Christian had placed himself there as well.

Rick and I will fly home early Thursday morning. Later that day will be the memorial service for these men. Most of the family will return shortly following that. The current plan is for Liz and the women of the family stay and pack her home belongings, hoping to follow in a couple of weeks. Pray that all goes smoothly. Pray, too, for her arrival home. It will be difficult and painful, as you may well imagine.

We serve a good God, a wonderful God. He has shown His faithfulness in countless ways in these past days. He has been a true Father.

Thank you all for praying.

I spoke with Margaret and when people will leave is not decided. Tickets, dates, schedules are all being considered and consulted.

The times have been pushed back one hour: 3:00pm tea at the general's, 3:45pm ramp ceremony. The army...


Blogger thisrequiresthought said...

thinking of you and praying for all.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying that God would hold you all up - especially Liz.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your safe return & that God will give His Comfort in abundance. ~P

9:41 PM  

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