This entry was written for a friend last night whose son was deployed earlier in the day for locations unknown.

Kim, my heart hurts for you. Being a mom is the most rewarding yet most difficult job there is. Our children come to us with no instructions so we must rely on our instincts and the wisdom of our own moms and others to nurture and teach our children. I learned early on that I would never be a perfect mom but I knew that I was going to do my best each and every day. Prayer and listening to that still, small voice also guided me. You are a good mom and your children are blessed to be able to call you their mom.

I wish that I could tell you that you shouldn’t worry but I can’t. I wish that I could tell you that time will pass quickly and he will be home before you know it but I can’t. I wish that I could take the fear of the unknown away but I can’t.

What I can do, however, is promise you that if you ever need to talk, cry, scream or whatever, I am just a phone call away and I will be there for you. What I can do is remind you how much you are loved by so many even when you don’t love yourself. One of Jennifer’s favorite songs was “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. She loved the line, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me”. Those words are so true. I believe with all of my heart that God is watching over all of us. Finally, for now, what I can do is promise you that both of you will be in my daily prayers and I will pray for you to find peace, comfort and strength in the days to come.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

**To all military moms and families, thank you for the service and the sacrifices that your brave sons and daughters are making each day so that we can continue to enjoy our freedom. May they all stay safe and soon return home to their families.