Saturday, August 06 2011 @ 02:41 pm PDT
Contributed by: WatchCat
Someone perhaps said it best with this prayer posted online:
"Dear Father in Heaven, if I may respectfully say so, you are a strange God. Though You love all mankind, it seems you have special predilections too. You seem to love those men who can stand alone, who face impossible odds, who challenge every bully and every tyrant-those men who know the heat and loneliness of a Calvary. Possibly You cherish men of this stamp because You recognize the mark of Your only Son in them. Since this unique group of men known as the SEALs know Calvary and suffering, teach them now the mystery of the resurrection -- that they are indestructible, that they will live forever because of their deep faith in You. And when they do come to Heaven, may I respectfully warn You, dear Father, they also know how to celebrate. So please be ready for them when they insert under your pearly gates. Bless them, their devoted families and their country on this day. We ask this through the merits of Your Son, Christ Jesus the Lord. Amen. "
My family is safe and thus I'm restraining myself from hunting for the names. Right now, the top priority stateside is to give the families the space they need to absorb this first shock. It's difficult to fathom what it is like for the SEALs to lose so many, and for the other USAF Special Operators who are less in the spotlight.
For those of you who want to do something but don't have anything specific in front of you, I'd recommend donating to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. They do a lot for the families. And I'll be on the lookout for ways to help the USAF families as well.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.