"How are you? It's good to see you, even though
I saw what happened, so I thought I'd meet
you at the gate.
I can see you have several questions you want to ask of Me.
Like, what happened? Why you? And what
about your family?
There is a lot you won't be able to understand right away.
So you'll have to trust Me and take solace
in what I say.
It's no surprise you are here. You've been called
home for a reason.
The loved ones you left behind will be with
you again in a season.
It was all part of the plan, you know, that you chose to be one to
You were called from the beginning to
protect others with your might.
You see, I warned everyone of evil and that evil was cunning.
I warned the others to turn away, to hurry
and leave running.
But if everyone turned away and from evil they ran,
then evil would rule because they'd know
So I had to ask some of you to run not. But instead, stay and fight.
This, that evil be stayed, even turn and
I asked you few to do your duty, be fair and don't make the mistake
of becoming cynical or callous, though it
is one many did make.
I told you few would understand the call to duty I put
and most would question your values and
your love of family too.
I told you some of you would fall and to take no worry of that.
That I'd take care of you and your families
where're they're at.
I'm aware that your death there tears at the hearts of your family.
But trust Me, they'll receive love and
peace from Me personally.
Your children will be watched over. I'll take care of
And in time they'll understand what it was
I asked of you.
That you be one of those to take up the sword and protect the rest.
That you were chosen because you were among
My bravest and best.
Yes, though I asked the others to run from evil with all their might.
I thank you ...for being one who was
willing to stay the line and fight."
"Then the word of the LORD came unto me,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..."
Officer Samuel Jeppsen #3751 (Ret) R# 140, April, 2003d
"Remember, we work for God."
Lt. Commander Vernon J. Gerberth, NYPD
Dedicated to the Families and Friends of Those
Who Have Lost
Loved Ones Serving Our Country
and The Cause
of Freedom and Justice for All.
God Bless You ...Always
Inspired by the day to day falling of our troops
trying to give the mothers, their children
grandchildren of Afghanistan and Iraq: Freedom
honor and duty planted in my heart and mind by
Lt. Col. David Groosman