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Welcome home, military

War exacts a great cost. I have known many who have gone
through it:

• A neighbor, a Christian, whom I knew for years before he confided in me that the memories of war tortured his soul. When I prayed for him, it was the first time he wept in front of another person.

• A seeker, a man who had not yet given his life to Christ, who sought out our church and pled for help to silence inner demons from more than 20 years before. We supported him with counsel, prayer and fasting. But he was soon gone, before he made the decision that could have changed his life.

• A former Navy SEAL who carried physical scars — a limp, a cane, a metal plate in his head — and psychological wounds to match that required a lot of love and understanding from his church and pastor.

• A chaplain, who returned to find his wife had left him following her multiple affairs.

I have also seen the toll on families. They have gone through war as well.

• A family, bereft of the husband and father killed on the battlefield.

• A family whose husband and father returned, but was never the same.

• Families — so many — waiting and praying, and trying to live life with some semblance of normality.

Those who have been through war — on the battlefield or at home — desperately need the support of the Christian community. They probably won’t tell you much about their needs. That’s why Christians and churches need to proactively reach out in love to returnees, veterans and military families.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, NKJV).

They have served us. Now we must serve them.

Ken Horn

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