Last night I had the opportunity to join some folks who drove into Logan International to meet parishioner Mark Merlino upon his return from a year's deployment in Iraq. You might remember the blessing my parish prayed over Mark just before he left. Well, our prayers have certainly been answered with Mark's safe return to his family and friends.
Here's Mark coming down the escalator to the baggage claim area where we were waiting for him - no need to comment on how happy he was to be home!
And here's the joyful crowd Mark encountered - on the right, that's his wife, Sue, running to meet her husband.
Please keep in your prayers those who are still in harm's way in the service of our country. And pray for those men and women who have suffered physically and emotionally as a result of this war - and for those who have given their lives that others might live.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
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