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Tuesday, 27 June 2006
The Power of Prayer
We were visiting my husband's mother last Friday when the phone rang about 7pm. It was my 15 year old daughter calling. Through sobs I heard her say, "Mommy, Pray for Kody"....

It was about 24 years ago when I first met my nephews Kenny then 4 and Kody then a little over 1 year old. A charming little blonde with a bright smile and big expressive eyes. He was so sweet. His Brother Kenny the same except his hair was brown. They were moving from NY and in with us for a while.

Why sweety, What's wrong? The reply sent chills down my spine and we immediatly began to pray together over the phone...

For as far back as they could remember both boys wanted to serve in the military. Kody had passed all of the hurdles to join the Army and entered boot camp 5 years ago. He was dating a girl named Meg at the time. It seemed like all his dreams were finally coming true. Unfortunately, he was injured during boot camp and was medically discharged. I believed it to be a blessing in diguise because the War on Terror was just starting and he might have been sent to Iraq if he had stayed in. Kody and Meg married in 2003 and started a family. It was a romantic time for all of us as they were planning their wedding the same time as Randy and I were. In fact our weddings were just three months apart.
Still Kody dreamed of serving in the Army. He had been in ROTC for years and he wanted to try again so a little over two years after his discharge from boot camp, with a wife and daughter at his side he re-inlisted.
After boot camp they moved to Ft. Campbell, KY where he received more traing. Gavin was born in March 05. It was not long after that he got word they were being deployed to IRAQ.

His tank hit a bomb! I could hear tears in her shaky voice. He got burned...more sobs. (She and Kody are very close. Two peas in a pod they are and just 10 years apart in age.) I immediately began to pray, Father please place your healing hands on Kody...My thoughts turned to Meg.....

It was just 3 years ago that they married. The wedding was beautiful and the reception hall on the beach, WOW. It was like a fairy tale. Meg was so beautiful her face glowed and so did his. He was grinnin like a cheshire cat. everyone could see the love on their faces.

After we hung up I got online and sent out an URGENT PRAYER REQUEST to every Christian and prayer worrier I knew and I asked them to pass it on to their friends and prayer partners. No one knew his condition. We were all hoping for the best and fearing the worst....

Kody and Meg are very much in love and have one of the sweetest relationships I have ever seen. Even from Iraq he sent her presents and cards for special occasions and he called or emailed as often as possible.

How was she handling the news. I can't even imagine. I cried for her. I held my husband and prayed through my own tears for Meg and the children. He was scheduled to come home from Iraq in about 6 weeks....

He had deployed in Sept. and was due to return for leave in July. Somehow though, God opened a door and Kody suprized us this past Christmas with a two week visit. just 3 months after he left for Iraq he was home for the Holidays! Everyone was elated! It was a fesive time and we all thanked God for the miracle of a Christmas visit. It was Gavin's first Christmas and Kody was with us. Kenny was now in the process of jumping his hurdles to join the Army as well. Soon they might both be at war.

TO BE CONTINUED..

Posted by Randy at 9:46 PM ADT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 July 2006 11:42 PM ADT
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