Wounded Warriors – Thank you – Faith of the Heart

I volunteer at our local Veteran’s Hospital.  It has been my privilege and honor to be of service to our service personnel who have been wounded in the line of duty.  It has been heartbreaking and heart lifting.   I can do so little and really, it is they who have helped me.

We all have our journeys and wounds – some wounds take longer to heal than other.  But I have learned from these courageous warriors, it is your attitude that is what is important – how you define your pain and suffering and healing rather than letting the wounds define you.  They encourage each other and when necessary, tell one another to get off their pity pot and start going forward.  Wow.

Several years ago, a new saga in the Star Trek mythology came on TV – Enterprise – the pre-history of the original Star Trek most of us know.  I was immediately captivated by it and not just because the luscious Scott Bakula (a long time favorite) was the star of the show.  The theme music, when first I heard it in the opening credits, brought tears flowing down my cheeks.  Faith of the Heart….the words said it all to me about my journey, pain, hard times, renewal, faith, healing.  A few Sundays ago, it was my time to do the special music for church service.  After much thought of so many other songs, I chose this.  I chose it because it is a true song. It says much about my journey of faith as well as my journey of life.

One day on one of the wards, one of the guys was having a hard time with his physical and emotional healing.  He had lost both legs below the knee and one arm at the shoulder.  He had been working so hard and today, he was so tired of it all.  I was sitting, helping a young man with his lunch when one of the other men, began singing this song.  In just a moment, it was taken up by the others.  Obviously, this song rang true to them all.  I sat there awed and humbled by these men – they were wounded for us and now, they were at their most vulnerable and yet, also at their strongest.  The young man was encouraged and began to sing along.  Afterwards, they all applauded and cheered and continued on with their healing process.  No whining, no blame, no holding back –

The video with the words is below.  As you continue your journey in life, remember these words, remember these heroes, remember: it is your choice how you heal or don’t. It is your choice how you move forward or stay stuck.  They were wounded for us, but they were healed for themselves and those they love.

Thank you again to all our service members, wounded, healed, whole, deployed, at home, retired…God bless and keep you every one.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. huntmode
    May 26, 2014 @ 17:45:16

    Kanzen, what you have written needs to be said, witnessed and strengthened. Thank you.


  2. el34ax7
    May 26, 2014 @ 20:02:18

    That brought tears to my eyes. In my limited contact with our service people, I’ve never parted without feeling awe and inspiration from these fine men and women.

    m(_ _)m



  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    May 26, 2014 @ 20:05:19

    This post and those courageous soldier have left me in tears.


  4. seeker
    May 26, 2014 @ 22:40:49

    Excellent. Excellent for the volunteer work you do, excellent for the song and excellent for the soldiers who serve and protect. May God help them regain their faith and strength. Thank you, Kanzen for a powerful story.


  5. FlaHam
    May 27, 2014 @ 05:05:01

    Kanzen, sometimes friends just bring you something so important, thank you for bringing this to me. Take care, Bill


  6. purehaiku
    May 27, 2014 @ 07:10:14

    truly beautiful


  7. belsbror
    May 27, 2014 @ 13:20:54

    Admirable for sharing your time and effort. Keep it up.


  8. FindingStrengthToStandAgain
    May 28, 2014 @ 11:05:28

    I am so happy and grateful you take the opportunity to volunteer at the Veterans’ Hospital. I hope more of these hospitals become interested in starting programs for brain injury patient’s families. I would love to help with the education of them all. Sadly, a lot of these patients return home with invisible injuries people can’t recognize. Though they have lost some skills, the strengths that can be developed are unimaginable. I’ve seen it often.


    • kanzensakura
      May 28, 2014 @ 13:10:21

      Those invisible wounds are too often, the hardest to heal. Our VA Hospital and accompanying Fisher House, specialize in brain and head injuries so we get these heroes from all over the US. Anything we can do for these heroes is never too small. thank you for commenting. Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 15:05:29 +0000 To: thspencer51@hotmail.com


  9. kanzensakura
    May 28, 2014 @ 13:56:22

    Richmond, VA we have several excellent Fisher Houses in VA to help the families of the wounded heroes that will be in hospital for an extended time. I think the houses are now in various states. Some of them have their specialties such as burns, multiple limb amputees, etc.


  10. Mustang.Koji
    May 29, 2014 @ 14:00:07

    Ma’am, you have a most wonderful heart. Unbelievably generous indeed. Thank you for helping our bravest cope with life.


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