Welcome Home, Daddy!

sailor sonA television crew in Washington State caught the reunion between Ensign Bill Hawes and his 6-year-old son, John, when, after 7 months in Iraq, the sailor surprised his little boy in his kindergarten class at school.  No matter how you feel about the war in Iraq, watch this video, then take a minute and pray for the men and women of our armed forces and for their spouses and children here at home, longing every day for their safe return.

 A lot went through my mind when I watched this video.  I wondered what it will be like to hug my dad one day in heaven, or what it would be like to be here on the earth when Jesus comes back.  Or if I die first, what the feeling will be like when I meet Jesus Christ, face to face.  Like the song says, “I can only imagine.”

 I leave you with the words of the Navy Hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save, as a prayer to God for all the members of our armed forces.

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid’st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

7 Responses to Welcome Home, Daddy!

  1. Gregg says:

    This is one the most touching thing I have seen in weeks. And thanks for adding the Navy Hymn too. Now that is a Hymn even chorus singers could get behind. And I echo your prayer for safety and peace.

  2. 5najeras says:

    Awww!!!!!!! When Alex’s is 2 minutes late from work, I will have to stop myself from complaining and remember it could be a lot worse. He could be deployed for months at a time or not here at all. Great Video.

  3. Echo_ohcE says:

    Oh, I’ve sung that song a time or two whilst on the other side of the world, longing for home.

    It’s sad how peoples’ hatred of the war has so infected everything, such that scenes like this are almost shocking to us. Most people…ah, nevermind. I’ll not get on that soapbox today.


  4. RubeRad says:

    When T came home to the U.S. with #1 three months before I came home, #1 was only 6 months, not 6 years. That was rough. When I was back in the U.S. and saw him again, he reacted strangely, but only for a few minutes.

  5. Matt S says:

    Man that rips your heart out! All the more reason to appreciate the sacrifces our military makes, regardless of your politics.

  6. Amy Youssi says:

    Man, his little face says it all…God bless and bring home our men and women safely and soon from Iraq…

  7. Scotti says:

    Wow, if that doesn’t move you to tears, I am not sure what would. Thanks for sharing the beautiful hymn. I have not heard that one before.
    God Bless you,

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