Monday, May 25, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--May 25, 2015--dedicated to the military on Memorial Day

A Step in the Write Direction

May 25, 2015

Update: Because today is Memorial Day, I’m dedicating today’s blog to everything military. My husband was drafted five months after we were married and was discharged four months before his unit went to Vietnam, so he did lose some friends. We visited his grave for the first time yesterday at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Seeing his name on the stone made it seem so much more real. Then the family came to our house and we “celebrated” my birthday a day early. It was difficult this morning as Gary never forgot a birthday or any other special day. (He didn’t dare, as he could tell you who won the World Series every year from 1940 on!) To any of you who served or who had family members who served, THANK YOU. As the song says that my nephew Dave Clark wrote, “Freedom isn’t free.”

Thought for the Day: “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog” (General Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 1958, Republican National Convention).

Song for the Day:
Am I a soldier of the Cross, A foll’wer of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His name?
Must I be carried to the skies On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize, And sailed thro’ bloody seas?...
Sure I must fight if I would reign. Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy Word.

            Isaac Watts, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?”

Laugh for the Day: A soldier leaving an Army base was overheard saying to a buddy, "This has got to be 'love at first sight'.  I'm on an eight-hour-pass."

Writer’s Tips:
I’m in a writer’s fog today (is that what happens when you turn a year older?) so, in honor of Memorial Day I’m sharing the first poem I wrote that our pastor put in the church bulletin:


Our soldiers fought hard for our country,
For us they bled and died.
They left their homes and families
To be someone else’s guide.

Just think how sad their parents felt,
Their wives and children too,
When they heard the news the man was dead
Who had always been so true.

We’re proud to have these soldiers
Who for their country bled
To win freedom for our nation
So it could be at the head.

            Donna Clark, age 9

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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