I apologize for the brief hiatus; it wasn't intentional. I'm working on my doctorate, and I have had so many papers to write and books to read that I haven't had time to write. I did want to take a minute today to encourage you to pray for people in the military around the world.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) released a disturbing statistic. More soldiers have died from suicide than in battle in Afghanistan. This tells me that the horrors our servicemen and women are experiencing overseas come home with them. Many suffer from PTSD or have a difficult time reintegrating into society. Family problems, economic problems, and access to healthcare are all added stressors for many who have served for our freedom.
While we grill out and enjoy fireworks, a soldier is contemplating whether or not to live. This is not OK. I have asked a friend who works with veterans to write a guest post in the coming weeks, but for now I am calling you to pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders who determine where our troops will go. Pray for our troops at home and abroad. Freedom is costly -- may we be willing to do our part in prayer.