Sam is married to my sister, Alison, and he's in the Army. He flies "heliploppers," as Natalie used to say, and he is currently sitting in Kuwait, waiting to go to Iraq for the second time. He'll be there for a year.
As I fretted over whether or not I ought to attempt to make a table centerpiece or would my guests notice if I didn't dust the dining room, I thought about Sam and his fellow soldiers and what it must be like to be oceans away from your family on such a special holiday.
If you think of him today, please say a prayer for Sam and the other brave men and women who are serving our country.
"God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy"
We love you, Sam, and we miss you. Take care, and Merry Christmas!