David will be missed by everyone on this site. I considered him a friend and a Patriot. Although I only knew him from this site, his personality shown through. If there is anything that we can do for you or your family during this time of mourning please let us know, I would feel honored.
Deborah, you don't know me, and I don't know you or your family except through these pages. I mourn Jarhead and feel his loss, however, the same way I mourn all of the other men who never met me yet sacrificed themselves fully for me and for our country. There is no greater gift, no greater honor , no greater legacy than the one our veterans have given us.
You will heal your grief in private, with your own special memories--but the public memory of our heroes like Jarhead sustain us all even through tears. They are the best of the best. The strong thread of their existence still holds our nation together with a resolve and dedication that transcends death.
I only new David through this site, but it was clear this man was special and a true patriot. My father told me as a boy growing up, "Old soldiers never die, they only fade away" it is with the passing of those like this great man I fully understand my father's words. God bless you Deborah, he will be missed, but never forgotten. Our prayers are with you and those you love. From one old soldier to another, I salute you my friend. Milt and Val Gregory
Deborah, in this time of grief and sorrow words seem not to be even enough. The best that I can give is what the bible tells us in Matthew 5, "blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted". I did not know your husband personally but yet as a veteran to another veteran, my heart goes out to you. There is yet a link that has been broken and only God can repair. I encourage you to seek Him and allow the comfort and the peace that passes all understanding to comfort you in this time. Be blessed
Deborah, words cannot even come close to expressing the pain that I know resides in the hearts of yourself and your daughter. We knew David as an amazing Patriot, one who would stand on his integrity, Patriotism, always defending our great county, always standing strong in defense of what is right and fighting tirelessly that which is wrong. I offer you my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy for the pain that I know you are feeling right now. My heart goes out to you and your daughter during this trying and painful time. Only time can heal. Please know that many loved your Marine, even though we did not meet him personally. Stay strong, stand tall, he will always watch over you.
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The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).
It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.
Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.
Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.
Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.
Be friendly and helpful.
Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.
Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.
Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.
Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.
Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.
Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!
The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.
You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.
Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.