October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 - Just a thought ...


December 30 - I just received this and hope you will take the time to read it...

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts...
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "It’s really all right.

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night. "
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers. "
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right. "
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son. "

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us. "

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U. S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

"Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no body's going to know whether you did it or not.



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December 27 - Are you thinking about praying more this coming year? Maybe all you need to do is make a slight adjustment: Stop telling God how big your problems are and start telling the problems how big your God is.


December 23 - Keep Christ in Christmas?? There is no Christmas without Christ. If that offends you then don't show up to the party. Happy Birthday Jesus!!!



December 21 - Someone once told me to remember the KISS approach when communicating a profound truth (Keep It Short and Simple)...




December 18 - Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Bride! I have no doubt that God loves me and cares about my life because He hand picked you for me. I have been privileged and blessed to love you for 30 years and I'm excited to experience the next 30 with you! You truly are my heart and Soul, Valarie. I Love you always and forever!








December 18 - I've been privileged for many years now to watch our Fire Department and Police Officers reach into the blackest darkness of human suffering with the light of hope and help. After many years of observing pain and heartache it's obvious that political correctness and the separation between church and state don't apply to devastation and tragedy. So, why is it causing so many problems at other times?







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December 10 - "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..." (Psalms 23:4)



December 8 - Grand-parenting is a second chance, a gift. We have the advantage of hind-sight and experience that were not available until our own children grew up. Life is too short and we know that now. To parents and grandparents everywhere remember that this is your life - not a dress rehearsal. Live every day and cherish each moment.



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December 5 - "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." -Mark Twain




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December 1 - Divorce rips your heart out and families apart. It is an epidemic; a modern-day tragedy that's devastating the family unit and leaving scars that never fully heal. Fight for your marriage. Do everything within your power to protect the unity of your family. First Due Family is praying for those who are struggling. Don't lose hope!











November 27 - The realization of how brief your life really is makes it easy to be Thankful every single day - not just once a year.

November 25 - If you think there's nothing to be thankful for you're not looking in the right direction.

November 22 - An Italian Proverb says, "The will is everything." It is the strongest thing on earth. Even God Himself doesn't override your will. A heart full of faith isn't much good without a surrendered will. What or Who is your will submitted to?





November 19 - "I need to ask you something, pastor..." That's how many impromptu counseling sessions begin. Here's a common question that is often presented: "What prayer can I say to stop me from worrying?" The answer is summarized with this statement: YOU can Trust God or you can Worry - but you cannot do both at the same time. There is simply no "magic" prayer to make you stop worrying. That's a choice you'll have to make.




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November 16 - For those who have never seen The Hands of God before...














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November 11 - Courage is not the absence of fear. It's going anyway. Thank you Veterans.









November 10 - It is The Warrior, not the poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech. Happy 238th Birthday to The U.S. Marine Corps.










November 8 - Here is a video of a special police officer and his last act which was one of kindness ... (Click here)


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November 2 - You are as close to God as you choose to be. So, if He's feeling far from you guess who moved?



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October 26 - "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom."

Author Unknown







October 21 - On the front door of our home we have a sign that says UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME. It's an American flag in the shape of a heart with a yellow ribbon around it. Of course it is faded now because we've displayed it for several years. Someone recently commented about the sign, "Are they all ever going to come home?" As long as darkness tries to cover people the light must shine. And as long as our sons and daughters are answering the call to keep the light of liberty burning bright we will keep that faded and worn sign displayed with pride, hope and gratitude.





October 16 - Thanks again to my wise 14 year old daughter for this: "Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Him." Wow! This is the sum total of the sum total for how to achieve true success and fulfillment in public service!





October 14 - Today we said goodbye to my son-in-law, Ethan, who enlisted in the Air Force. Less than an hour later I was embracing the parents of a Marine who was killed in combat. There are no words capable of communicating the emotions I felt as I held the Marine's father. To lay your life down for others is the higest form of love known to man and the purest of all sacrifices. When I said goodbye to Ethan I told him we are very proud of what he is about to do for us all. The military uniform, as well as the uniform of the police officer and firefighter, are all symbols that represent honor, duty, commitment, service dedication and sacrifice. Those who wear their respective uniforms are a reminder to the rest of us that we have so much to live for, to believe in and to be proud of. Never, ever forget that. God Bless our men and women in uniform and their loved ones. And God Bless The United States of America, land of the Free because of the Brave.






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October 11 - The distance between your dreams and reality is called discipline.






October 10 - I've been pondering something that was said to me recently, "Don't dream about your past, dream of the future." It reminded me of something else I heard: "If your memories are greater than your dreams you're living in the past." Regardless of what your past was like there is an amazing future waiting for you if you'll dare to believe it!






October 8 - C. Everett Koop began praying at the bedside of his young patients - ignoring the snickers of some of his colleagues.

He was appointed surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and served as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

"It used to be said in WWII that there were no atheists in foxholes," he wrote in 1973. "I have found there are very few atheists among the parents of dying children. This is a time when religious faith can see a family through trying circumstances."

It's tragic that the misguided efforts of so few can cause so many schools to be under so much pressure to remove references and displays of the Christian's "religious faith."





October 7 - Many of us aren't confused about our need for God and the importance of displaying our faith for all to see.










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October 2 - Thank you to my daughter who left an important reminder in the kitchen for all to read: "Let your faith be bigger than your fears."









October 1 - A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.









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