"Brothers and sisters, fill your minds with whatever is good and true, whatever is pure, whatever is noble and right, whatever is lovely, whatever is honorable and admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Put them into practice, and God -who gives us peace- will be with you." (Philippians 4:8)

"Thanks for the Gift: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

We must train our minds to think upon these positive and peaceful things. We must keep our minds protected, because the devil could take advantage of those vulnerable ones.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"A Different Kind of Christmas." (Poem)

"A Different Kind of Christmas. " (Poem by an unknown author.)

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 rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling ligths 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 footspteps 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 separated 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 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 eyes 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 of favor of sending this profound amazing poem 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 in freedom. 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 sacrified themselves for us.
I wanted to share this poem with you all.
Thank you in advance for reading it!!
I shall take a break for the Holidays Season and for some health issues going on.
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