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Hearts are Hurting

Soldiers standing watch during Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy ABC News.

by: Andrew Chavarrilla

Our hearts and prayers go out to those hit by hurricane Sandy.  Let us remember as Americans, this is an opportunity to help our fellow man.  It is a time we should come together as a nation and share our cares and concerns.  As a Texas- based organization, GOPisforMe is far from the action, however, our hearts are with our fellow Americans in the North East.

It is no secret that we are a political organization attempting to raise conservative awareness among minorities throughout our region.  However, this is no time for the politics.  This is not a circumstance to gain votes.  This is a time where we see no color; there is no Red or Blue state right now.

This is a time where we don’t focus on party, nor republican or democrat.  This is a time where we focus on people, because we care about people.  This is a time when hearts are hurting.

As grim as times like these may seem, there is beauty in seeing where we come together; in witnessing why this is the greatest nation on earth.

This morning as I got to the office and began to catch up on email and news, I logged on to facebook and saw a picture that was chilling and humbling to say the least.  It was an image being passed around by many social media networks displaying three American Soldiers braving the elements and not leaving their post.

What post? A post that displays the meaning of America and our brave men and women who have served and are serving: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Army instills a set of values that should now resonate more than ever in our minds.  In the warrior’s ethos you learn to “NEVER leave a fallen comrade,” and since 1948 Tomb Sentinels from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment’s “The Old Guard” have guarded the Tomb for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the weather.  What a thought to carry in to our daily lives as fellow citizens in the United States.

From hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes and even attacks of terror Americans have come together in times of need.  Sandy will be no different.  We will NEVER leave someone in need.  We may be far from you on the North East Coast but our hearts, thoughts and prayers are braving the elements with you.   Like the Tomb Sentinels, we might not know who you are but we are watching and standing watch.

It is our duty to help our fellow man in times of need.  I would be amiss if I did not leave you with some great words of wisdom from the scriptures.  When Jesus was asked of the greatest commandment He issues for us a golden rule. He says, the first is to “love God” with all our being, and secondly he says we are to, “love our neighbor as ourselves.” It’s never too late to say a prayer or to lend a hand.  Remember, hearts are hurting, let’s help them mend.

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