Aaron’s brother Adam sent me the following quote, in response to my George Washington quote of last month. You can see how good I am about responding to mail, etc. I appreciated him sending it to me.
Abigail Adams (wife to John) wrote to her son John Quincy saying,"These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed." She continues. "Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman."
This quote, like the one from George Washington, expresses the situation we find ourselves in. Some of our soldiers down range are being fired upon on a daily and weekly basis. They are being called upon to reach deep down inside and find that inner strength that most of us hope is buried there somewhere. They’re doing a great job and those of us not facing those similar dangers appreciate the work they are doing.
Even those of us that don’t face those same kinds of dangers face different dangers and challenges. I’m amazed as I look at “us” as a whole and see the changes that we’ve been forced to make. We’re more aware, we’re more cautious, we’re more grateful. I hope and pray that the day never comes that we begin to receive mortars and rockets in our camp but you never know. We still have a long time to go before we set foot back in the US. Keep praying for us that we’ll be safe, but more importantly, pray that we’ll find within ourselves that quality of character which will allow us to successfully fulfill our mission and leave this country better than we found it.