Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Novel Reflections

I am reading a book right now called Ever After by Karen Kingsbury. I have cried my way through most of this book, and I plan on finishing it tonight for two reasons:

1-I can’t put it down. She’s an amazing story teller, and this story is captivating!

2-I can’t spend another day weeping over this book. I need to enjoy the story and move on to happier books for a time.

Having said that, this book has encouraged some contemplation that I wanted to share. I won’t go into details of the story because it is definitely worth reading even though it is a tear jerker! So, here are some reflections

I do not think I would be a good military wife. From where I sit today, I don’t find in myself the strength it takes to let my husband (or child, if I had one) go off to fight in dangerous places. I admire these wives so much!!! I also admire the men (and women too, but I’m thinking more about husbands at the moment) who in many ways might rather be stateside protecting their families still choose to go where duty calls because they have such a passion for protecting so many others. My mind just doesn’t want to wrap around it because I’ve never experienced it for myself. But, I can tell you, I pray for these families. For those overseas and for those still at home hoping everyday that their loved one comes home. Selfishly, I’m thankful I do not have to be a military wife. Who knows about my children, but for now I pray for all the wives out there who find the strength from Above to be mom, dad, nurturer, and provider while their husbands protect our freedom!

Thank you soldiers! Thank you wives!

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16