My friends Mindi and Kevin are going to be separated for ten months. Their three children growing and changing while he is away. He left yesterday. Kevin is going to Iraq. I must admit that I didn't think about the war in Iraq very much before I knew Kevin was going.
You see they are are friends in real life too. They came to Michigan on vacation and we had a great visit. Chris and Mindi and I were at WVU together while Kevin was in the military. They got married and then Chris and I got married. We all ended up in Columbus, IN as neighbors. Because God works that way. Mindi and I got horses and boarded them at the same place. Chris and Kevin built us an arena. Then we moved the horses to a new barn. We have history.
So now I think about Iraq via Mindi and her blog alot. And I pray about the war and the soldiers and their families through the lens of Mindi's heart and her camera. And sometimes, fewer than I like, I remember to thank her for giving this country her husband and her children's father for this time. I thank her for taking on this burden of loneliness, anxiety, and pain for our country. And I thank Kevin for his courage and his sacrifice, for leaving his heart here to go fight for another people's freedom. And as I thank them, I cry for them.