I hear sentiences like these everyday:
"Oh, your husband is in Afghanistan? Mine just got home."
"Nine months? Oooh, that's tough. My husband was once gone for 15 and I hated it."
"I feel so fortunate that my husband is only gone for 3 months."
"Yeah, my hubby will only be gone for 6, but I'll have to have the baby without him."
Military wives are amazing. They bear very heavy burdens. A few weeks ago during worship here at the Harbor I looked in front of me and saw three couples all holding hands and weeping. Each husband was leaving in the coming week--one for 6 months, one for 4 months, and one for 9 months. Each wife was bracing herself and trying to soak in her husband's touch while he was still next to her.
The ladies in my midst say goodbye to their men and then stay in Okinawa alone, raise their babies alone, birth their babies alone, and even miscarry their babies alone. It is heart wrenching.
Please pray for these women and the protection of their husbands and for God's glory to shine all over both of them, that they would find that He is enough for them.
"Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."