We need to pray for our troops.
Those in Afghanistan have had a very challenging task of finding a man who is more slippery than an eel. Trying to find Osama bin Laden has been an endeavor that is requiring a lot of patience and commitment. I have faith that our guys will win, but I am sure they would appreciate our prayers.
Our troops in Iraq are facing a much more dangerous situation. Some say civil war is on the verge of breaking out, some say it isn’t. I am not going to enter that debate here. My concern is that our troops are now getting caught in some sort of cross-fire that just makes an already difficult job, that much harder. Again, I believe in the abilities of our troops, but they need our prayers.
Beyond the obvious factor of safety, we need to pray for this conflict to end in the right way. I am not sure I know what that is, but I know Who does. The reason I think we need to pray for this is that this war will have a profound impact on defining how we approach the next one.
No, I am not advocating that we jump from the frying pan into the fire. But, there will be future conflicts. There are still those in this world who would threaten the liberties of others, including our own. They must be stopped and sometimes that requires force. The way we come out of this war may indeed determine how we go into the next one.
So let us remember that beyond all the debate, presidential approval ratings, talking heads on news channels and editorials, there are the soldiers. Our sons and daughters, neighbors and friends are in harms way, doing what they signed up to do. If necessary, they will be called upon to do it again someday. They will do their duty, because that’s the way they are. They are Americans and we are proud of them. They need to know that we support them, and the best way to do that is prayer.