This Independence Day we pause with humble hearts in remembrance of those who stood up against oppression and tyranny so that we might call this great nation, this United States of America, our home. We also remember all who have carried, and are carrying, on the duty of keeping our nation free. We offer up our prayers for their well-being and give thanks for their commitment, bravery and willingness to serve- often in the face of great adversity.
Today, as we celebrate our freedom, the thought of Bowe isn’t far away. We hold onto hope that soon we will see the sky light up with fireworks in celebration of his return home. While we wait, we’ll continue to pray that the prison door be thrown open and that Bowe will be able to again enjoy America’s freedoms. We hope that you will join us in our prayer.
May God Bless America!
“Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14–15).
Today is not just a day, it’s not just another day, it’s another year. What words can one use to describe something that’s so hard to understand? It’s not as if those who support Bowe don’t get it, they do. It’s more like, how does one absorb and communicate the concept of being held as a prisoner by enemy forces for 4 years- for 1,461 days? And that’s just the concept we’re talking about. The experience part, well let’s just say that it’s pretty much impossible to absorb the incomprehensible. Can we even begin to imagine the daily uncertainty of not knowing if you’ll ever return home- feeling helpless, waiting for a miracle? It’s a situation which is overwhelming to even think about. And what about those who are waiting back at home? How do they cope? They do cope, yes they do. They cope because they know that there is something, somebody, bigger than life’s circumstances. This understanding is where the hope grows. It’s the hope, you know, the hope is why you’re able to cope.
All of us who have come together to work to bring Bowe home are doing something that changes us. We started out wanting to do something for, to give something to, Bowe and his family. And before we knew it, we realized that they were giving to us. They allowed us to be part of what certainly must be the most challenging experience of their lives. We get to see their steadfast faith; we are witness to the grace with which they live their lives. We get to see what it looks like to live with hope in the face of seemingly overwhelming circumstances.
As we move from the end of the fourth year of Bowe’s captivity and into the beginning of the fifth, let’s all take a special moment to lift Bowe and his family up in prayer. And we do know that not everyone prays so if you don’t, please envision in your mind a happy and healthy Bowe back home in Hailey. Let’s all hold onto the hope that Bowe will be reunited with his family before another year has passed.
So we’ll all pull together and continue the mission into year five. We’ll tell Bowe’s story and we’ll invite people to join us in our work. We’ll hold our elected officials accountable in all matters concerning Bowe. We’ll each do these things in our own unique way. That’s the beauty of a grassroots effort; we each get to bring to the table those things that we’re the best at. And then we draw these things together, united, so we can achieve something that none of us could ever do alone. Most of all, we don’t give up; surely duty isn’t something that any of us would shirk. We carry on because we know that the mission isn’t over until the last man comes home.
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands ~ Acts 12:7
Today we give thanks for all who have sacrificed to keep America free. We are eternally grateful and will always honor them by keeping their memory alive. May God Bless all who have served our Nation in the United States Armed Forces.
Today is the twenty-eighth day of March. Twenty-seven years ago today Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born into a loving family living in a small town in rural Idaho. Life was good in Idaho and Bowe grew up to become a kind, intelligent, adventurous young man.
Fast forward to today. Bowe’s family still lives in Idaho and they still love him dearly. Bowe, however, is being held captive somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan by insurgents who are allied with the Taliban.
While it’s shocking enough to learn that a United States Army soldier has been taken prisoner by those who are fighting against America, it’s even more shocking to know that one has been held captive for nearly four years. As of today, Bowe has seen four birthdays pass since he was taken captive on 30 June 2009. We wonder if Bowe knows that he turns twenty-seven today. We pray that next year that question won’t even need to be asked. It is our greatest hope that in 2014 he will be able to celebrate his birthday, celebrate his life, with his loving family in that small town in Idaho.
What people are doing
Bowe’s supporters have made extra time today to tell others Bowe’s story. Many have distributed flyers and brochures to tell people about his plight. We have a free downloadable brochure that you can get HERE to use to spread the word about Bowe. Facebook users and twitter users are sharing posts about Bowe via social media. We have posts that you can share from our FACEBOOK PAGE “Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW”. Also, please take a minute to SIGN Bowe’s Guestbook.
Dayle Ohlau of Idaho’s KECH-fm 95.3 interviewed Bowe’s parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl, today. In an in-depth session she finds out more about how the Bergdahls are able to manage through and cope with the crisis of their son being held as a prisoner of war. Also discussed is how Bob Bergdahl is studying the culture in which Bowe finds himself in order to help to bring his son home. Separately there is also a short segment that features Bowe’s family wishing him a happy birthday.
FOLLOW HERE to listen to the in-depth interview with Bowe’s parents.
FOLLOW HERE to listen as Bowe’s family sends him birthday greetings today.
From us to Bowe
We will end our post today by saying “Happy Birthday Bowe! We are standing strong for you until you come home. God willing, may you celebrate your day next year in Idaho surrounded by those who love you.”