The Christmas holidays will soon be upon us and now is the time for us to pray for the families of the service men and women who have been killed in Iraq. Can you imagine what it would be like, this
Christmas, to face the holidays without the presence of a son or daughter, a wife or husband, a father or brother, uncle or aunt or close friend who will never be with you in this life at another family gathering?
We must give these families our heartfelt support. The families of all those fallen heroes need to know we care about them and are thinking about them and praying for them as our way giving them our best and most practical encouragement in this, their time of feeling their great loss. Their lives will never ever be the same again.
All politics aside, remember this, those men and women were volunteers who bravely and generously put their lives on the line for each one of us. Theyave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did this while being fully aware that they were there, on the front lines because it was their desire to give their own personal, patriotic service to their beloved United States of America. They did their best to reserve freedom for the rest of us and put an end to terrorism forever.
I have searched the Internet (US Casualties Statistics, Iraq, Afghanistan) to find the names of military men and women who have been lost in the Iraq War. I did this because I wanted to encourage prayer for their families and friends across the USA. My search revealed lists of names of the fallen as well as their hometowns, all organized by states. For example, in New Jersey, there are three pages of names.
The members of my church, Gateway Community Church, Manalapan, NJ, plan to pick names from that list of names in New Jersey and then pray for those families and friends as a practical way to support them in their time of grief.
In part, our prayers will say something like this:
To the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the Iraq War:
"We can not imagine the unfair you must be feeling at this time of the year. Our hearts are weighed down with sorrow for your loss. We want you to know that you are not alone and that we are truly praying for you."
C. Garland Pollard, Pastor and members of Gateway Community Church.
Manalapan, New Jersey
Suggest: Perhaps, in your state you can find a way (via local churches, newspapers, radio or TV) to publish an appeal for people there to do as we are doing here in New Jersey.
Dr. Rev C. Garland Pollard,
80 Hwy 33
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Work: 732-356-1595 ext. 1137
Email: [email protected]