Today I am especially grateful for the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces.  It takes a special individual with a sacrificial heart and tremendous character to risk all to defend the freedoms that you and I so often take for granted.

Yesterday, my brother-in-law, Chaplain Mike Smith, was deployed to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne division of the U.S. Army.  Mike will be away from his wife and three kids for a full year, but believes whole-heartedly in the mission that he has been called to do.  He is a superb example of an American hero and is a true patriot.  Mike is already a combat veteran having been deployed as a U.S. Marine during the Gulf War.  He has also served in local law enforcement and S.W.A.T. operations.  He has the respect and admiration of all those who know him.

Mike is just one of thousands who needs your prayers today.  Would you take a moment this day to pray for our troops?  They are serving tirelessly for us.  The least that we can do is to remember them.

Please feel free to post the names of your loved ones who are deployed at this time  and to share their stories.  May we not forget to uphold our soldiers with prayer.