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'GIVE THEM WINGS'
WHEN OUR SON CHRISTOPHER called us to announce he'd decided to put his music studies on hold to join the US Marines, I had two reactions. First, I wasn't surprised, because it had been a lifelong dream of his. But my second reaction was a bit more skeptical. He'd just found an entirely different focus for his musical talent, and I thought, "Why would he give that up now to put his life on the line?"
As I talked with friends who'd served in the military, it became clear that the experience Christopher was about to embark on wasn't just his. It was mine as well. I heard about the nights military mothers would be awakened by a sense of immediate need to pray for their sons—instincts later confirmed by stories of life-threatening situations resolved at that moment.
Alertness and humility were crucial. A surrender and trust in God's tender care. I thought of a song by Mindy Jostyn that's resonated with me over the years and has always brought confidence and peace. It's called "Give Them Wings to Fly," and speaks of heaven-sent angels sheltering the children God has given us to love. It continues: "Far beyond the reaches of my love, I know You will be there. / Father, hear their every cry, / And give them wings to fly."
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Jen Dale with her son, Chris, at their home in Penn Valley, California.
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