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A Mothers Prayer for their soldier sons

November 1, 2010

(Note: With Veterans Day 10 days away please consder emailing this prayer to your family and friends).
A Mother’s Prayer

By Olivia Rossi
Your Personal Trainer

When they’re little you can hug them and kiss it better. The childhood tragedies, the beloved pets who die, moving away from friends, the tears . . . but what do you do when they are twenty-five or thirty and far away and hurting? What can you do for your child? How do you make the pain go away?

Being a parent never changes the pain you feel when your children are hurting, no matter how old they are, no matter whether that pain is physical or emotional. Many years ago I wrote this poem for a friend of ours. Her son was in pre-school with our son. His little brother got burned and his parents were hurting right along with him.

Last month, another friend of our son’s was badly injured in Afghanistan by an incoming attack while he was in his bunk. He had twelve pieces of shrapnel removed. His parents are hurting, our son is hurting and we are hurting. The words I wrote when our son was a little boy haven’t changed.

A Mother’s Prayer

Child of my flesh
It was of love that you were born
And through love that you now grow
and laugh and feel.
We’ve shared yesterdays
of smiles and joy, but
Today I share your pain and tears,
pain also born of love, for
without love there is no pain.
Today my heart breaks for you,
aches for you, my son,
Because your pain is mine, but
My heart leaps for tomorrow
when your smile and
your joy will be mine
again, too,
And my love will be deeper
for the pain
and the joy.

By Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer

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Mara November 1, 2010

WHat a beautiful poem. Thank you for writing it. I have friends overseas an they just ache also because they feel like America has just forgotten about them. They are still there, still doing their country’s service. Your words fit my feelings to a tee. Deep, true and hopeful. We all long to see them back and see their faces again. My “welcome back” heart is out and shinning.

Dee Dee November 1, 2010

Wow. My prayers to that soldier who had the shrapnel wounds. I hope he is alright.

TGY November 1, 2010

Soemtimes a poem says more than a thousand words. This one truely does.

Lisa November 1, 2010

This is one to facebook, email and tweat on.

Naomi Ruth November 1, 2010

Thank you Olivia. By the end of the poem I was was blurry-eyed and very connected with the power of those emotions. Our boys and men are willing to fight for us…and we fight for them by being transparent and vulnerable and letting them know we are with them and for them in every way.

Olivia November 2, 2010

I just talked to that soldier’s mother, our son’s friend, and ours. His name is Chris. He is doing well. Thank you for asking. All of his wounds are healing and he is doing well in his physical therapy. Happily, he will be here with his family for Thanksgiving and so will our son, so we will have a happy, most thankful Thanksgiving reunion.

Reunion with returning soldier — A mother’s prayer revisted | Oregon Women's Report May 22, 2013

[…] Previously I told you about my son’s friend who was injured in Afghanistan. His name is Chris. It happened in August. A rocket hit his bunker and he was bombarded by shrapnel. Hee came home to Oregon for Thanksgiving, a mother’s prayer answered, a family’s hopes fulfilled. We were invited to dinner on Saturday. Our son was here visiting, too, another mother’s prayer, another prayer of thanks. […]

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