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by Teresa Altman
12/01/2008 / Poetry
Dear Lord, I come before Your Throne,
A friend with me, I bring.
Ask not his name or year of birth,
Or his ethnicity.
A special prayer from You I ask,
For someone I don't know.
Who traveled half way round the world
So freedom here will grow.
I do not know how old he is
Or where his family lives.
I only heard of what he does
And how much good he gives.
With wife and children still at home,
He traveled far away.
It's Christmas Eve without their Dad,
Because he had to stay.
They cannot share eggnog or cake
With whom they love the most,
Because he guards an enemy gate
For all here, coast to coast.
I know Dear Lord, because of me,
Our nation he defends.
So when he needs my prayers to You,
On me, he can depend.
Lord, watch his children and his wife
Please keep them safe and strong.
And give them special blessings, Lord,
Until he gets back home.
He counts the days that come and go
Kissing a photo bare,
With tears that slip past lids that hold
His pain of loneliness there.
My heart aches deep within my soul,
As gratitude fills my eyes,
For names not known, nor faces shown,
Whose offering is sacrifice.
So for the soldier, brave and strong,
I pray this special prayer.
My home is free and safe tonight
Because he's over there.
"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you..." I Samuel 12: 23a (NKJV)
Teresa Altman, http://www.faithwriters.com/websites/my_website.php?id=28787 , an engineer for 25 years, answered God's call to write in 2007. A mother of two and grandmother of six, she lives in Northwest Tennessee.
@2007 by Teresa Altman
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