Proof of Courage
A Yellow Brick Road
Four well known travelers traveled a yellow brick path looking for a brain, a heart, courage and a way home. There are roads we must travel during our lifetime and we also look for the these same things. As we travel our roads of life we are accompanied by family and friends who lovingly make our path easy and smooth (or so it is hoped). We find comfort and love in their company. They instill in us what we need day to day and year after year. We are given not only the benefit of their wisdom but the foundation for the courage needed for life. We are asked to be brave for many different reasons.
It's Etched In Our Minds
Mothers and fathers have asked their sons and daughters to be brave for shots, x-rays, the first day of school, the dark, being away from home and for facing the death of someone close or known. Parents also ask for bravery for the benefit of our siblings, our parents, our close relatives or friends. Sometimes we are were even told bravery belonged to a certain age. The age was not always a number. It was almost magical, appearing all of sudden. It could have been because we were old enough, it was time, or we needed to be the man of the house. We are encouraged to face a brave new world from the time we take our first step which most of the time is a complete surprise to us and a momentous celebration for our parents. I don't think there is more exuberant encouragement for bravery than that first baby step. Courage rewarded with claps, shouts of joy and hopefully pictures.
It's Etched On Our Hearts
But, we are also at times left unaccompanied when the road divides and we are left alone on a path accompanied by strangers. A divided path can run pararell and visible to journers. For many reasons the paths we choose do not remain pararell and visible to those with whom we started our journey. We lose touch with our dearest of friends, we separate from family for many reasons some of which are out of our control. We learn to become brave on our own. We find we have the courage to follow our heart. We were told to be of courage in our mind and to do what our heart tells us is right and good. And so, our journey of courage becomes heartfelt. The path chosen now can cause uncertainy, fear and worry for parents, siblings, spouses, and freinds because a path that follows a cause can be very dangerous and uncertain and sometimes even unsupported.
It's Etched In Memories & Bodies
The memories of our brave are sacred ground to them. Their courage has changed them both physically and mentally. Courage does have a cost. And, our brave soldiers pay that cost. Those that are sent into war do not return the same for what they see and hear remains in their memories. They wear the scars in their minds or on their bodies. Their travels have given them scars of wisdom, heart and courage. These scars last a lifetime and they struggle for the heart, wisdom and courage to find a way home. Don't let them travel alone.
It's Etched In Stone
Thank our men and women of courage, our veterans and soldiers.
Thank the families that taught and supported courage.
Give thanks for those who rest in the peace of their courage for God whispers their names.
Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013