Sunday, November 14, 2010

Veterans Day - #2397 - Faith Gives Strength to War Widow - Baptist Press

It's just about the most heart-breaking moment imaginable: On one side of the door, a U.S. Army chaplain with a message so important he's delivering it at 10 o'clock at night. On the other side of the door, Kristen Jackson, eight months pregnant with her second child, sits on the couch watching basketball, not knowing her life will be turned upside down. Sgt. Issac Jackson, a 27-year-old from Lathrop, Mo., and member of First Baptist Church, was killed Oct. 27, 2009, when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit his Stryker armored vehicle and personnel carrier. He left behind a wife, a 2-year-old son and a daughter who wasn't born until six weeks after his death. And yet to talk to Kristen Jackson, you don't hear the crushed spirit of a war widow or a young mother who was never able to snap a photo of her daughter and the proud papa. To talk with her is to hear the joy of one who knows Christ and knows that her husband is not in the ground under a grave marker, but in heaven praising his Savior. Read more......

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