I received an e-mail today from my sweet friend, Diana. I would be so grateful if you'd include Christopher in your thoughts and prayers. It is because of the brave and dedicated men and women like Christopher that we are able to enjoy our freedom. For this, and for them, I am thankful.
As many of you know my younger brother (he hates when I call him that!) is leaving tomorrow for Iraq. If you feel so inclined, I'd love your prayers for him and for the rest of his soldiers. This is his 2nd deployment and he'll be there for 12 - 15 months.
For those of you who don't know all the details, Christopher got out of the Army after his 1st deployment and had a little taste of civilian life before he decided that the Army was where he belongs. He rejoined last year as an Army Captain knowing that a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan was inevitable. He loves the Army and loves serving his country and knowing this, makes this deployment far easier for my family and me. We will of course be worried for him, but we know how exceptionally well trained he is, how good at his job he is, and..most importantly...that he's protected by the One that loves him more than we do.
I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer and if you feel inclined to pray for him, please do! Please just pray for Christopher's safety and the safety of his unit (he's deploying with the 25th Infantry Division).
Here is a picture of Christopher we took just over 2 years ago when he was home from Iraq for the first time. I know it helps to have a face to pray for!