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By James Scmidt


Posted on December 25, 2010 5:23:16 AM EST by AlaskaErik

Merry Christmas, My Friend

By James M. Schmidt, a Marine Lance Corporal
stationed in Washington, D.C., in 1986

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.
With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.
I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.
Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.
He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."
With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.
I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.


GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY!!!!

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So needed that! Thank you!

We are worth it!

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Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
Don't ever feel bad for getting discouraged. It is just part of the process, not a permanent state.

We all have times were we mess up or don't reach a goal. don't waste time or energy feeling bad. focus on what you can do better next time.

Don't forget to be awesome.


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Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
Peg brackman

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.


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“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays


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We are worth it!

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"If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look "little" or "big." Elisabeth Elliot

Every night I pray to God that I will be strong enough to keep fighting; to get fit. I ask for continued motivation. I put my health in his hands.
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"Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" - Isaiah 43:18-19

Loving Spirit,
What is this new thing you are doing in me?
My life is and has been so very full. Each day it has been shaped by the miracle of being a mother. For so many years my every moment was intently set on the world of raising my children. I was so keenly aware that my family was some wondrous way that you and I share our love for each other. You have given me my children and husband as a way of showing me your great love - and the way I love my family was a response to you.

But Lord, I am lonesome now. I miss my children! They are growing and moving off and they no longer rely on me in the same way. My time is less taken up with them and at moments I just want to turn back the clock. Help me to see what you have in store for me now. You are doing something new in me. You are preparing me for a new phase, a new service and a new way of loving you.

Keep my eyes clear and my heart open to the ways you call me, Lord. And help me always to be grateful for the many gifts of each day.

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"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." - Lao Tzu

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Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
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7/26/12 6:47 P

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just a couple of quote thoughts for the day:

***BE THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO MEET

***FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS, BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED IF GOD HANDS YOU A SHOVEL

hope you have a wonderful day!

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I love it!!!! :)

GOD is AWESOME.

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I'm new and wanted to pop in for some quoting fun! love motivational quotes and this is one of my winter favs -- thought it appropriate for the Christmas Melt theme:

SNOWFLAKES ARE ONE OF NATURE'S MOST FRAGILE THINGS, BUT JUST LOOK WHAT THEY CAN DO WHEN THEY STICK TOGETHER!

Looking forward to "sticking" together with all of you on this journey!

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To achieve, we must also believe.

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You are doing a great job, fearless leader! Thank You! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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'It's a marathon, Not a sprint"...the most important thing--finish the race!



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Please be with us today as we go through this day. Guide our steps, our words, and our actions. With you Lord we know that all things are possible .in Jesus name we pray....Amen.

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May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! - Daniel Webster
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes

From every mountainside Let Freedom ring. -Samuel F. Smith, "America"

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! - Thomas Jefferson


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Unexpected

Something unexpected will happen today, and tomorrow, and every day. You can worry about what it might be, and fight against it when it comes, or you can accept it and deal with it in a positive way.

You cannot escape from life’s uncertainty, and you really wouldn’t want to. Although that uncertainty can bring pain, it can also bring great joy and powerful new positive possibilities.

What you can do is choose to grow stronger with each twist and turn. What you can do is learn, adapt, create, innovate and successfully adjust to life as it changes from day to day.

Uncertainty can sometimes be very disruptive and inconvenient and challenging. Fortunately, you have the skills to meet those challenges, and to move your life forward no matter what may come.

Though you can’t know for sure what will happen in the future, you can know for sure that there’s always a way to make the best of it. There’s always a way to remain true to your most treasured values, and to live your life according to your highest vision.

Life is not always predictable, but that’s no reason to fret. Because in that unpredictability, you’ll always find valuable and meaningful new positive opportunities.

— Ralph Marston


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Small steps will win the race...remember it took years to get into the shape you are in today so don't expect a miracle..patience is a virtue

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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
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Post prayer requests and or motivational quotes here on this thread. Our team is here to encourage, motivate and support.

Today I give praise and thanks to GOD for the strength and wisdom he has given me.

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