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December 22, 2006


Sean Poland

May you know that the assurance of the Power and the Love of Jesus this Christmas. I look forward to seeing you when you come home.

You and your troops are in my heartfelt prayers this Christmas and will be this New Year.

Your brother,
Sean Poland

Papa Ray

Long ago and far away, when I was nineteen, I spent my first Christmas away from home. In the Army, in a far away place where there were people that were trying to kill me.

I (a lot of us) were scared, lonely and depressed.

We were lucky to have a great Platoon Sgt. He gathered us together Christmas Eve and sit us down together. I remember it was chilly and there was a light rain falling, it was a very dark night, and we were allowed no lights.

He walked among us, touching us on our shoulders and helments, talking in a low voice about home, friends, family and Christ. His low deep voice and touch seemed to fill me with peace and with happiness.

Far from home he showed and told us what real frienship and love was and how Christ had not forgotten or forsaken us.

I know that you bring those same feelings to our Warriors now. Thank you and may your days be fruitful.

Papa Ray
West Texas


Merry Christmas, CB. I'll write more later. Lots of ground to cover. :)

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