This is recruit Conrad calling to inform you that I have arrived safely. Please do not send any food or packages. I will be in contact by mail in the next 7-9 days. Thank you for your support. Click. I wonder what the voice will sound like when I hear it again in thirteen weeks?
Since we first laid eyes on Thomas twenty-three years ago He's become quite a young man. His Marine Corp packing list included only the clothes he wore, razor and toothbrush (forgot both), and Bible (which he remembered), and $20 (I guess there aren't too many vending machines on Paris Island). As he undergoes this intense period of preparation and transformation I find myself praying:
- that the body God has blessed him with will stay safe and strong
- that the mind God has blessed him with will master knowledge and skills that will serve him for a lifetime (and some, I pray, that he will never have to use) and
- that the spirit God has given him will be strengthened by the Spirit that indwells him.
Our son is a Marine. I ask you to pray for him. I hope you will pray for his parents.