I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Disclaimer: With hope of personally refocusing myself on the peace of Christ this season, I’ve decided to create a Sunday night devotional that includes some of my favorite Christmas songs, followed by a short devotional. Each song will include lyrics, a youtube link for easy listening, a meditation/inward-seeking questions and a short personal reflection. My third song choice is: I’ll Be Home for Christmas (The Military Version).

[Spoken word messages to families]

I’m dreaming tonight of a place I love
Even more than I usually do
And although I know
It’s a long road back
I promise you

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree
Christmas Eve will find you
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

[Spoken word messages to families]

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams

[Spoken word messages to families]


For easy listening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3d4bkTQIHI


I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Military Version – Josh Groban


I want to dedicate this week’s devotion to all of the service people out there and their dedicated families. There is so much sacrifice that goes into being a military spouse, as well as families of police officers, EMT workers, firefighters, doctors, missionaries, and others I’m forgetting to mention… These people sacrifice, daily, their personal comfort and safety so that we don’t have to. This year at Christmas time, I would like those of us, that are blessed enough to be able to spend time with our families in the warmth and comfort of our homes, to take time and pray for those who are out fighting to keep us safe – to pray for them and their families who are missing them at home.

One of my dearest and longest friends is deeply invested in the armed forces world. Serving two tours overseas, she has a depth of knowledge and empathy for those who leave behind their lives to go and serve where they are called. Not only does she know what it is like to leave, but she knows what it is like to be left. Her amazing husband is getting ready to depart for his second tour overseas. Leaving behind his beautiful wife, and three adorable children, he has chosen to sacrifice and is preparing to miss out on precious life moments, so we do not have to.

Honestly, I don’t care what your position is on war or the military. All I’m asking, from the depths of my heart, is that you will take time to please pray for my friend’s family, her husband’s safety, for our military (and service workers), and for everyone affected by war/violence overseas. As we celebrate with peace in our homes, let’s pray for peace amongst our nations. As we experience joy in this holiday, let’s pray for those who are distanced from the people that keep them going. As we experience intimacy and closeness with our friends and family, let us pray for those who are missing the presence (presents) of those they love. For every gratitude we have this holiday season, let us pray it into the lives of others. As we inwardly consider our blessings, may we outwardly give our gratitudes.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? How can you pray that gratitude into the life of another – perhaps someone who is missing out on that this holiday season?

. . .

For those of you who serve our country…

For those of you who sacrifice to keep us safe…

For those of you who give generously to the poor…

For those of you who sacrifice comfort for kindness…

THANK YOU.

Those words will never be enough to fully express the gratitude we feel for all you sacrifice for your loved ones, and for us strangers. 

. . .

Dear God,

I want to take this moment to thank you for the brave ones, the sacrificial ones, the ones who believe in honor, dignity, and a sense of duty to their country. You are the Prince of Peace. You sacrificed comfort, followed your call to earth, to (in the grand scheme of things) keep us safe. You saved us from ourselves. From our unrighteousness and sinfulness. Here on earth there is darkness and terror, but you created men and women to be strong, and to protect. Thank you for calling them. I pray safety over them. I pray peace over our world. I pray for families in war-torn counties that have never experienced the blessing of “feeling safe”. Please be with them – Grant them peace. I pray an abundance of blessings over service-people and their families. For all they sacrifice, I pray you return their blessings in double, triple, or more! Fill their lives with a depth of love, peace, and surround them with gratitude from the people they sacrificially serve. Help us to be a loving people, an out-reaching people, a grateful people – for all You have sacrificed and for all The Brave have sacrificed. May Psalm 91‘s words provide protection and favor to all who seek and serve You, our country, and this world.

Amen.


P.S. If you need a good, cheesy movie to ball your eyes out to – that will grant you a slice of empathy for army families, please check out: Operation Christmas.

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