Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Hope

I apologize it has been so long since my last post, but things have been really busy. Nothing out of the oridinary, just a lot of nitnoid stuff that keeps me running around all day.

(For those of you wondering what the heck "nitnoid" means, you won't find it in the dictionary. However, it used frequently in America as slang to indicate a "small matter of no consequence, or something that’s nit-pickingly frustrating.")

Anyway, enough of that and on to more interesting things.

Last week our Battalion Chaplain had the opportunity to vist the city of Babylon (yes...that Babylon; Tower of Babel, King Nebecanezzar, etc.) He returned with some really interesting photos of the of the ancient sites, but what I found most interesting was the story he told about a conversation he had with one of the Iraqis escorting him through the sites. They broached the subject of the recent elections, and the chaplain asked him if he felt things were getting better in his country. To which the man replied, "Yes...before we had nothing to look forward to, but now we have hope."

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.

-- Orison Marden

5 Comments:

Anonymous Ashlynn Blessing said...

Thank you for giving all of us and the Iraquis hope. God Bless and we pray for you daily

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to here from you, Megan has called a couple times this week and you know it's great news for your mom and I. She recieved her special box's from jcpenney,and she went on and on.I hope you get yours soon and share the treats. I hope the past week was as you said and your staying safe, we all love you.HOPE is a good word , it's what I think of of everyday,directing it to you and Megan. We all LOVE you
DAD

4:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Sweetheart,

I am so proud of you and what you are a part of doing. I know it is so hard being away from each other but you are getting the opportunity to make such a difference in these people's lives. I thank you for making that sacrifice. I remind myself daily that we are so blessed and these people deserve the same.

We only have 10 months left. It seems just like yesterday that we were getting the kids ready for Easter and planning our spring break activities. You will be home before we know it. As much as I want this year to be over, I am so glad that we can look on the bright side of things and see the good that is happening all around us.

Thank you again my darling for sharing these wonderful stories of hope.

I LOVE YOU,
Amy

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide these updates. It's so nice to see the good that's taking place despite what the media chooses to portray. We pray for your safe and speedy return.

It's such an amazing sacrifice you're making ... to be part of giving a nation HOPE. We thank you.

Proud to call you neighbor!

Shaunna

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As unfortunate as it is, we would never hear from these types of reports from the media....that elections, our efforts, etc.. are actually doing some good for the country. It's good to hear first hand what is taking place. Thanks again John, keep up the great work!!

The boys say hello.
Charles & Co.

7:29 PM  

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