A Family Tradition


By Jim Clouse

Every year, Grace and I spend either Thanksgiving or Christmas with our daughter and her family in San Antonio, Texas.  Our son-in-law (Tad) has been in the army for 19 years, and is on staff at Brooke Army Medical Center.

A few years ago, Tad started a very special tradition for both Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings.  The men in the family, all ages, arrive at the hospital around breakfast time to visit all the soldiers who are recuperating from injuries after being deployed.    As you can imagine, the injuries are most serious.

We arrive with muffins and candy sent by my daughter, and we go from room to room to visit with these special young people, whose lives have been forever changed.   Many are too far away from family and friends, to have visitors.

I am so grateful to Tad for this tradition; as it is such a meaningful part of our holiday season.  What better place or day to share Christ’s love ?

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18 NIV

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