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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"(She) will smile you a calm welcome, to be sure..." ~ Jane Eyre

In Samarra, Iraq, lies the Spiral Minaret (Al-Malweyya), built around 848AD. The original purpose of the minaret was as a watchtower; it was illuminated each night by bright torches. Now, minarets serve as a means to call prayer. Minarets are known to be the gate between heaven and earth.

Beside my nightstand, Al-Malweyya sits in the form of an etched out image in a piece of glass. It was given to me D.R a few days ago.; our friendship was built six years ago. I am very fortunate to have him in my life, for he illuminates my days. My constant call to prayers was answered over the past five months, and he is finally home after serving in Iraq.

I smile each time I look at Al-Malweyya because I know he never has to look at it again.


Blogger Marty said...

My thought is that prayers never go unanswered. The answer might not be what WE want, but then, we're not God, and are not All-Knowing. In this case, I'm glad our prayers were answered in a way that brings you joy. Cherish the special relationship you seem to have with D.R.; it's a rare blessing.

Take care, Dearest. :)

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was a beautiful post
thank you for sharing this with us

4:16 PM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

"Sigh"...this is sweet~ and I am glad he is home.

I befriended a blogger months ago who was in Iraq- and I loved reading his posts. For months we read all the ups and downs of being in the service, of near misses, of his homesickness, and of his concerns about coming home.

The blessing was mine to pray for him to come home safe...and a joyful moment when he did- and I barely knew him. How much greater must the joy be for you?

Tears welled up as I thought about it...hope you enjoy every moment of his return! :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Ryane said...

Oh, I agree with Marty...very well expressed. I am glad that you have a memento that will both serve as a source of pleasure, and as concrete evidence that your friend is home. Talismans, or totems, are nothing to sneeze at...

9:04 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Please tell D.R. thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything he had the courage to doand the fortitude to bear. I pray that his future will be blessed.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

And, oh yeah...I'm so glad you have your dear friend back! :)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

yes, what a beautiful post.

and i am so glad your dear freind is home. a relief, a joy.

10:07 PM  
Blogger schaumi said...

I'm glad he is home safely.
I felt the same way when a relative returned.

4:23 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

I am so appreciative of all of the kind words that are being left here. Indeed, I wrote the post with pure elation. Still, I don't want to forget about the troops who are still there, so I am giving a link to a great site which sweetly supports the soldiers (any contribution is appreciated):

6:30 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

I am glad he is back!

I like the thankful attitude you have too.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Clearlykels said...

beautiful tribute!

9:01 AM  
Blogger afromabq said...

i love to hear when our soldiers come home safe and sound. thanks for letting us know about your special friend and if he read this, thank you d.r. for your service to our country and helping us feel safer from those f'ing terrorists.

10:58 AM  
Blogger beachgirl said...

Oh sweet girl... I am so glad he is home, it truly is a prayer answered... What a wonderful gift..

Email me and let me know what's up.. Love you!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Everyone's words made his day. :) And mine, too, of course! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

6:19 AM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

Beautiful sweetie. I'm glad he's home, too and that he doesn't have to look at it any longer.

7:42 PM  
Blogger David said...

I agree with the wonderful sentiments posted here. I'm constantly humbled by the actions of those who risk their lives for the greater good. Here's to peace, reunited friends, and answered prayers.

5:55 AM  

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