“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
Many years ago, we all stood as a sentinel with our shipmates aboard submarine’s, regardless of our nation and mission. We spent months at a time isolated from our world, hiding in the ocean’s depths. We stood guard against the evil of our day. We provided a credible deterrent. In so doing, we gave half our life to the sea. We had no communication with the outside world for months on end.
We remember the feelings we had those many years ago while on patrol at Christmas. We remember the sense of isolation we had even though our shipmates were all around. We remember the helpless feeling of not really knowing how our families were doing. We remember the deep sadness of knowing that we would not be home for Christmas. Yet, we were proud then that our sacrifices were helping to provide Peace on Earth.
Our shipmates and ourselves only endured a loneliness and isolation. Today’s men and women of our military are not only enduring separation from their loved ones, they are constantly placing their lives in “Harm’s Way.” As we celebrate Christmas, let us all pray for their safe return to their families and that they may experience Peace on Earth in their lifetime.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and God bless our brave men and women serving to protect our freedom!