Many of my friends have family and children living close by, but for some of us, almost EVERYONE’S out-of-state. There’s nothing so dear as having your kids around on Christmas, and we will have that this year, as we often do, but you know, it’s not always so easy. There are the roads from Kansas to Oklahoma in December, and the flight schedules from Los Angeles to Oklahoma. Every year there’s a question mark. Will they be here? Can they get here safely? They’ve always been safe, but haven’t always made it. Each year becomes more precious than the last. Having said that, I am blessed to have my fabulous sister-in-law living just four houses down, her son, the family pilot, who couldn’t be sweeter or a finer man, and his wife who loves football as much as my hubby, is an incredible Nannies (Grandma) and always has a smile on her face. Then, I move from thinking of myself. I think of our military families, some which will never be whole again, and some who are waiting and watching and listening, and hoping that a Skype connection is available. The following prayer could be that of a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Coast Guard –– or a mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter who is separated from where they want to be this Christmas. (Video below) Enjoy Rascal Flatts in a beautiful, calm and quiet, a cappella performance of I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
I am far away from home, and it is Christmas time
I need your comfort, Lord.
Lift me up above my circumstances and situations.
Refresh me and strengthen me as I seek to courageously follow you and serve my country.
Provide me with times of supernatural blessings to help me deal with the emotional pain of being far away from my loved ones this Christmas.
Lord, surround my loved ones with a supernatural ability to deal with my empty chair at their holiday table.
Help me and my loved ones to feel your loving arms around us bringing us comfort during this Christmas season.
I pray these things in Jesus’ name,
Rascal Flatts: I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Video)
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