Have you seen the new movie American Sniper yet? If not, you’ve likely heard of it – or at least you will now 😉 My husband and I recently saw it and the movie left such a big impression on me that I felt compelled to write about it. After huge encouragement from my mom to do so and my friend Kristin‘s wise suggestions, I wrote a letter to Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle.
In the words of Sarah Palin, “We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was.” – and so do many more! Today is the second anniversary of the death of a true American hero. That’s why February 2nd has been designated Chris Kyle day throughout the state of Texas by governor Greg Abbott.
I have no doubt this day will be met with gratitude and honor in Texas – and in households across the country. I just wanted to share with you too as some of the most caring bunch of people I know!
If you’d like to learn more about the legacy of Chris Kyle and his dedication to helping veterans, visit these organizations who directly serve them:
- The Chris Kyle Frog foundation
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
- Troops First Foundation
- The Wounded Warrior Project
- Honor Chris Kyle (on Facebook)
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I live in the Middle East where I work with Muslims every day. And although it may seem strange, I’m thankful for the American military who saved my dear friend from death row and who continue to pave the way so people like me can come behind and share the love of Jesus.
In a couple of months I’ll be speaking at a military base in Germany about what my husband and I do. I’m a little nervous because I know what the military personnel has been trained to do. But I’m hoping that I’ll be encouraging to them as they realize that there is more to the story than what they know or see.
Praying you will be an encouragement and that you will be encouraged as well. Thanks for sharing!
We saw this movie over the weekend and it was so powerful! I get goosebumps just thinking about it. How easy it is to forget that every hour of every day we have men and women risking their lives to save ours. God bless them and keep them safe.
Exactly! I couldn’t agree more!
Thanks for the links. Will be checking them out.
You are welcome!
It does not surprise me to see you write this here, to see your support of something so important… something that makes a difference. 🙂 I have not seen the movie, yet. I have heard so many good things about it, though. One thing that really stands out to me is the fact that we are acknowledging the reality of the difference those who serve make on our lives. I am always humbled, always in awe of the time given by those who serve in the military in any way. My father is a veteran but we don’t talk about his time in the service or Vietnam because it isn’t a topic to discuss. It makes me thankful for his time, and even for his loss, because even though he won’t talk about it and he would do it again so I could have the freedom he believes in.
Sweet Dawn! Thank you so much for this heartfelt, thoughtful comment xoxo