Today we took our daughter to the airport and put her on a plane headed for Hong Kong. She will spend the holidays there working with students, but that’s a another story for another day.
While we were at the Louisville Airport this morning, we saw several members of the United States Military coming and going for the holidays. I am not ashamed to admit that I became all-choked-up as my heart swelled with thankfulness for the sacrificial service given by these heroes. Can I encourage you to go out of your way to be kind and appreciative to these heroes when you see them?
Suggestions to Show Your Appreciation to a Member of the Military
Say thanks. Stick out your hand, look them directly in the eye, and say “thank you sir or thank you ma’am for what you do.” They’ll know exactly what you mean without going into detail.
Pray. Silently and secretly pray for them and their families when you see them.
Pay. Pay for their meal when you see them eating out some place. Ask the waiter or waitress to say, “someone paid for your meal; they told me to tell you ‘thank you for what you do.'” Pay for anything else you can think of as well; they are not getting wealthy protecting our country.
Loan. Loan them your “extra” vehicle while they’re home on leave.
Invite. Invite them to your home or to your church if they are in the area and unable to go home for the holidays.
At 11:50 p.m. tonight, we will meet our airman at the airport–we haven’t seen him since last Christmas. Do you think I might get choked-up again tonight?