Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings


Monday, July 24, 2006


  Once a week dose of "Good News!"


I don't know if you would consider this good news or not but I liked it. I have been in the Atlanta airport and have seen this sort of thing happen. I went to Snopes.com to see if this story was true and as of right now it is under investigation.

Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest act's of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said "hi," the little girl then she asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you" He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying "your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon."

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, their were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.

See there are still good things happening out there. I hope you enjoyed the story.

God bless, Joe B

Once a week dose of "Good News!"

4 Comments:

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Good thing I had Kleenex handy! I loved this. Thank you so much for sharing

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger whaaaat! said...

True or not, that is a great story.

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

Its a great story, Joe and I loved the hugging. I won't mention the holes I see in the story.

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

That's a real nice story.

I have started a new project and I am wondering if you would like to be apart of it. Basically I want to collect postcards from people all over the world . I'm calling it Postcard Exchange (I've posted it on my blog if you want to read more about it) as I offer to send a postcard of Australia to anyone who will send me a postcard from their location. Are you interested? I hope you are as it's doubly cool to get a postcard from a familiar blogger.

Well let me know if you're interested by commenting on my blog or emailing me.

 

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