Last weekend, my neighbor introduced me to her son, who is in the service and is home from Iraq for a couple of weeks. The proud look on her face, and his upright stance and confident smile made me reflect on the freedoms that are mine that I sometimes take for granted. I often pray for the men and women that are serving in our armed forces, but meeting someone face to face who has made a conscious decision to fight for my freedom is inspiring.
Have you heard of the butterfly effect? The theory that the flapping of a single butterfly's wings can set in motion a series of events that could lead to a meteorological event as large as a hurricane? There have been movies, especially those involving time travel, that reference this theory. And I've heard this term used to cite how a single person can effect huge, mind-boggling change in his own life, the lives of others, the eventuality of a cause.
I was thinking how living in the country that I do, with the freedoms that I have, allows me to set in motion changes that many do not have the opportunity to make. I can be that butterfly because of the freedom I have here in the United States. And that freedom survives and thrives because of people, like my neighbor's son, who make their lives about protecting it.
An appropriate day to post this, I was inspired to make this card for him, and wondered if any of you out there would be inspired to make cards to thank our service men and women who are currently serving our country and protecting our freedom. If you are, I'd love to hear from you - comment, post your card, and link it here so we can see! Thank you...