“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, that no one may boast before him.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

“I found that the men most in repute were all but the most foolish; and that others less esteemed were really wiser and better.” Plato

My heart is broken open and humbled over Afghanistan. The 13 that died and their families showed tremendous courage, love and heart. They still do. And I feel impotent to comfort and heal. I come from a veteran family going back to the Civil War and yet, I’ve not sacrificed as these.

God gave his only son for me. And many families gave their only sons and daughters for us, for foreigners, for freedom. I have a son. There is no way I have the strength or love to sacrifice him. Reality.

The Apostle Paul chose to boast about his weaknesses so that the Lord’s power and strength will rest on him. Truth. Apart from him, I can do nothing.


Freedom is so precious and fragile, freedom in Christ and freedom in the USA. My heart is very heavy as I observe the happenings in Afghanistan and the USA. We’ve been through many disturbing, dangerous and violent times in our history. Christ’s blood purchased us and gave us freedom. The military purchased freedom with their blood for you and me. Christ’s purchase is for eternity. The military’s purchase is ours to steward and to pass on.

 Prayer Psalm 46:1-7

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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