Simon Weston is a veteran of the British Army who has become known throughout the United Kingdom for his recovery and charity work after suffering severe burn injuries during the Falklands War.
Soldiers make incredible sacrifices on the battlefield, and should be recognized for these.
Weston survived the attack on his ship The Galahad with 46% burns, following which his face was barely recognizable:
“My first encounter with a really low point was when they wheeled me into the transit hospital at RAF Lyneham and I passed my mother in the corridor and she said to my gran, “Oh mam, look at that poor boy” and I cried out “Mam, it’s me!” As she recognized my voice her face turned to stone.
This holiday season, try to remember what our soldiers have to give up. Please pray for them and their families, and recognize the sacrifices that our brave men and women soldiers make for the preservation of our freedoms.
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”