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Would you pray for my deployed husband?

By Billy Graham, Tribune Content Agency on

Q: My husband is in the military and on his second deployment overseas. I know his work is important and all that, but it's been really hard on our two children and me. Please pray for us, because it's tough being alone all the time. -- Mrs. J.H.

A: Today is Veterans Day in the United States, a special day that has been set aside to honor all those who have kept our nation free through their military service. The Bible says, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. ... Honor one another" (Romans 12:9-10).

Today we also honor all those like your husband who are currently on active duty in the military. We live in a dangerous and complex world, and without their sacrifice and dedication our lives would be far different from what they actually are. I know every reader of this column is grateful for those like your husband who continue to defend our nation from its enemies. Freedom is not an accident; it only remains strong if we defend it and use it responsibly.

But your letter also reminds us of the sacrifice you and countless other families have made (and are making) on behalf of our men and women in the military. I hope every reader will pause to thank God for the families of our service personnel (including their parents and other relatives), and to ask God to encourage them and give them His peace.

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These are, I know, difficult days for you. But God knows what you're going through, and He loves you and watches over you. Commit your burdens -- and your whole life -- into Christ's hands, and thank Him for His presence with you every day. His promise is true: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).


(Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:



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