Friday, August 19, 2005
I thank God for you and hope all is well among
you. Becky and I were able to be together last month. We celebrated
our tenth wedding anniversary and had a great time with the
kids, spending a lot of time at the pool. Sarah turned two
while I was home. It was a much- needed get away.
I watch the
Afghan moon wax and wane each month and can’t
believe the fourth full moon has come since we arrived. The
weather is still hot here, even at 7,000 feet. It will grow
cooler soon and the winter snows might cause this particular
Forward Operating Base to be inaccessible. The days pass
as quickly as each mission comes and goes.
seem bigger than their circumstances. Daily, they overcome
the rugged terrain of eastern Afghanistan as well as the rigors
of combat. Last week, we had to say good-bye to a fellow paratrooper—a
Medic—as we held a memorial
ceremony for his company. His buddies spoke of his jovial
spirit, ability to lighten the mood, leadership potential and
care for others. They spoke of him as a brother.
In the memorial
message I highlighted biblical examples of brotherhood—specifically,
the loyalty and brotherly love between David and Jonathan.
I see this kind of loyalty demonstrated among these brothers-in-arms.
The unit seems to be rebounding well. I believe their unity
enables them to overcome their circumstances.
I heard a chaplain lieutenant colonel relate a Scripture God
had used to encourage him while enduring the hardships of ranger
school. He pointed out that the passage contains a phrase applicable
to the airborne community, “All
the Way!” God reminded the people of Israel of his
continued presence, even in the wilderness: “The LORD
your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as
he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the
desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you,
as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you
reached this place” (Deuteronomy
These words comfort my heart as well. At times,
it is tough to believe him, but we continue to cultivate
We know that we can trust God to carry us “all
I love you all and cannot wait to see you
again. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
CH (CPT) Sean A. Moore