The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Waiting. That's not on my list of favorite pastimes. But I've done lots of it lately.

This Advent has a special meaning for me. My husband, Lance, has been deployed as a chaplain with the U.S. Army in Iraq since January. Originally his unit was to have been home by Christmas. Now the time has been extended until February or March.

The first five months of his absence weren't pleasant. But I knew he was the perfect person to be in Iraq to help young soldiers through the war. He was challenged and purposeful, and that was satisfying to me. But during this time our daughter began having problems with her pregnancy and was put on bed rest. I went to be with her, and it was the most difficult period of Lance's deployment.

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