Life is filled with deep pain, including the reality that our nation sometimes needs to go to war to protect lives – ours as well as innocents in far-away lands. But while war is sometimes necessary, it is important to understand something. First, war always breaks God’s heart because it is not God’s Will. Second, soldiers know the horror of war better than anyone else and realize it should always be an act of last resort. Third, armed conflict sometimes is necessary and that’s when our fellow citizens – women and men – step forward to willingly risk their lives so we might enjoy the blessings of freedom. So take time today to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the men and women who have kept you safe, stand in harm’s way and are willing to give their lives for you. For in a less-than-perfect world, they offer you an amazing gift.