Christmas Before And After

Christmas Before And After

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    Christmas Before And After

    Please ALL CombatCarry.com members Have A Joyous and Happy Holiday Season.
    Please also take a few minutes out of your busy holiday season to remember those who are not HOME for the holidays and are fighting that we might continue to celebrate our respective holidays in Peace here in the USA.

    Please take a bit more "time out" to also think about those brave souls who have already come "Home" for the very last time ever ~ and those who have come home with bodies torn and tattered. Remember the victims and remember the LEOs & FireFighters & Medics that were "right there" when called upon.

    In case some of you missed this (below) on its first journey through the Internet some years ago...here it is again.
    Please read it & even if you are not religious you'll find some of it to be applicable and relevant to your life.



    On September 10 we were one nation; on September 11 we were quite another.

    Since the terror of the deadly hijackings, we've all been changed in ways we are still sorting out.

    And though none of us goes through the grieving and the healing process in the same way, one thing is certain: This Christmas there are some ways--some wonderful, many terrible--in which we're all different.

    And while that fact cannot be denied, there is another truth, a far more powerful one, that we must never forget:

    Thanks to God's grace and our strength there is at least one way in which we are the same.

    The following list includes 25 ways we're all different this Christmas--and one very special way we're not.

    1. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we didn't have; this Christmas we are thinking about all the things we do have.

    2. Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of our homes; this Christmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.

    3. Last Christmas we were letting our sons play with toy guns; this Christmas we are teaching them that guns are not toys.

    4. Last Christmas we were counting our money; this Christmas we are counting our blessings.

    5. Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of the holidays; this Christmas we are paying homage to it.

    6. Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate; this Christmas we are lighting candles to commemorate.

    7. Last Christmas we were digging deep into our bank accounts to find the money to fly home for the holidays; this Christmas we are digging deep into our souls to find the courage to do so.

    8. Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the best of us; this Christmas we are trying to give the best of ourselves to them.

    9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays; this Christmas we know we must also find ways to consecrate them.

    10. Last Christmas we thought a man who could rush down a football field was a hero; this Christmas we know a man who rushes into a burning building is the real one.

    11. Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of the holidays; this Christmas we are thinking about the meaning of them.

    12. Last Christmas we were getting on one another's nerves; this Christmas we are getting on our knees.

    13. Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores; this Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from God.

    14. Last Christmas we were wondering how to give our children all the things that money can buy--the hottest toys, the latest fashions, the newest gadgets; this Christmas we are wondering how to give them all the things it can't--a sense of security, safety, peace.

    15. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we are under at the office; this Christmas we are thinking about all the people who no longer have an office to go to.

    16. Last Christmas we were singing carols; this Christmas we are singing anthems.

    17. Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel to be affluent; this Christmas we are thinking how good it feels to be alive.

    18. Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven; this Christmas we know some are right here on earth.

    19. Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to make in the New Year; this Christmas we are contemplating all the changes we will have to make in this new reality.

    20. Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook; this Christmas we believe in the power of prayer.

    21. Last Christmas we were sharing/spreading/listening to gossip; this Christmas we are sharing/spreading/listening to the Gospel.

    22. Last Christmas we were complaining about how much of our earnings went to pay taxes; this Christmas we comprehend that freedom isn't free.

    23. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly; this Christmas we value things that are holy.

    24. Last Christmas the people we idolized wore football, basketball and baseball uniforms; this Christmas the people we idolize wear police, firefighters and military uniforms.

    25. Last Christmas "peace on earth" is something we prayed for on Sunday mornings; now it is something we pray for every day.

    There's no way to sugarcoat it: Since September 11, life has changed dramatically and substantially for everyone. But while many things have changed, at least one thing has not. One thing that cannot. One thing that will not.

    Last Christmas people around the world gathered to celebrate family and faith; this Christmas people around the world will gather to celebrate family and faith.
    And this year, as we continue this age-old tradition, we will understand in ways we never have the meaning and the magic of each.
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    Can't add much to that QK -except to hope that folks in fact DO still remember, and also DO stop and think about our boys in harm's way.

    Thx for the post
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    merry christmas
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    Thanks...

    Good thoughts...good refocus...REMEMBER!

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    Merry christmas everyone

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    Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!
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    QK, I can always count on you to keep me focused. You always seem to know the right things to say. Thanks, and hope everyone has a glorious Christmas.

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