By Cheri Fuller
"OUR DADDY IS HOME!" read the bright homemade sign in bold red and blue letters painted on a large white sheet. I passed it as I walked on the Kaneohoe Marine Base in Hawaii. A banner covering the window in a house a few doors down the street said, "DADDY IS OUR HERO," and "COME HOME, DADDY!" Yellow ribbon magnets on cars say "Keep My Daddy Safe!"
I was on the Marine base to visit my daughter-in-law Maggie and two-year-old granddaughter Josephine while our son Chris-- their daddy and husband-- was serving as a battalion surgeon in the battle against insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq. This base had had more Marines die than any day since Pearl Harbor. As I watched Josephine play at the park or shopped with Maggie at the Commissary on base, I met lots of children whose daddies were in combat, wives whose husbands have been deployed for months--and all of them longed for longed for them to come home safely.
Won't you join with me in praying for the thousands of daddies and and mommies who are serving in Iraq, Afganistan, and around the world--not just today, but EVERY DAY UNTIL THEY RETURN--that God will protect them with His strong right arm, that He will send out His angels to go before them and surround them with a hedge of protection, strengthen them every day and bring them safely home to their families?
This is my granddaughter Josephine's prayer, my prayer and I hope your prayer as well: Lord, protect all these daddies, mommies, young men and women serving our country, and bring them home soon."
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