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Thursday, January 08, 2009

You'll Never Walk Alone, Friends

Have been behind in my posting, again.

Did you have a holiday season filled with light, surrounded by those you adore? I hope so.

I'd planned to take a bit of a blogging holiday, but was not expecting that it would be as extended as it's been. A bit of post-holiday sniffles kept me from my work; but, I'm slowly returning back to 100% and will have updates for you, soon.

Today, however, I'd quickly like to share a bit of kindness and encouragement with all of you out there who have been such great friends and supporters of me and my work and everyone in our "extended family," our military families across the nation.

As it's Elvis Presley's birthday (he would have been 74), I'd like to share my favorite song recorded by him, written by Rogers & Hammerstein. Say what you will of the man, but his voice was pure grace when he sang gospel hymns and the like.

And, while he didn't serve in combat, when his country called, he did don its uniform (two great pics of him in the video in it).


This specific version begins with a dedication by Elvis to all "Men with Broken Hearts," lines that were originally written by Hank Williams. Certainly those coping with PTSD and caring for them -- be they of the male or female type -- would probably find some comfort in these lines and words to You'll Never Walk Alone.

You never stood in that man’s shoes
Or saw things through his eyes,
Or stood and watched with helpless hands
While the heart inside you dies.

So help your brother along the way,
No matter where he starts.
For the same God that made you made him, too,
These men with broken hearts.

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When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.




While the New Year will present us as many challenges, if not even more, as those we've faced in the past, may we continue to gain encouragement from our working on solving our problems and easing our burdens -- together.

Here's to never walking alone.

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