Monday, December 20

A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS

The American Thinker has kindly published an inspirational poem entitled "The Soldier's Christmas," written by a U.S. Marine, who has requested that it be circulated wide and far this holiday season in honor of the many sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. It's far too easy to get caught up in the traditions and festivities of the season and to forget that our troops are enduring hardship and homesickness, and the anxiety and turmoil of combat. This Marine has done a good thing. Take the time to read his words and reflect upon them. Count your blessings. Pray for the troops.

To honor him, his comrades in arms, our armed forces everywhere, and their loved ones, I print below the powerfully patriotic lyrics of country music artist Toby Keith's American Soldier:

I'm just tryin' to be a father, raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother, everythin' to everyone

Up and at 'em bright and early, I'm all business in my suit
Yeah I'm dressed up for success, from my head down to my boots
I don't do it for money, there's bills that I can't pay
I don't do it for glory, I just do it anyway
Providing for our future's, my responsibility
Yeah I'm real good under pressure, being all that I can be

And I can't call in sick on Mondays when the weekend's been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays, and sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready, when the wolf growls at the door
Hey I'm solid, hey I'm steady, hey I'm true down to the core.

And I will always do my duty no matter what the price
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice
Oh and I don't want to die for you, but if dyin's asked of me
I'll bear that cross with honor, cause freedom don't come free.

I'm an American Soldier an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters, I will proudly take a stand
When liberty's in jeopardy, I will always do what's right

I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight
American Soldier, I'm an American, Soldier.

An American Soldier an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters, I will proudly take a stand
When liberty's in jeopardy, I will always do what's right
I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight
American Soldier, I'm an American, an American, an American, Soldier.

(lyrics by Toby Keith)