A Prayer to Lay Down One’s Life
By Victoria Riollano
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
True love comes with sacrifice.
I will never forget the first time I walked into Walter Reed Bethesda Military Hospital. As a military spouse, I have always heard of this hospital. It was the hub where presidents are cared for and where military members who have been severely injured would find care. Yet the truth is, I wasn’t prepared for what I would see when I arrived. I had no idea how many men and women I would see who had been amputated, had severe scars, who struggled with mental health issues, and who had sacrificed during their military service. More and more, I started to realize why those who served in the armed forces were true heroes. Even more so, I knew from the depths of my soul that many of my daily privileges were due to these brave men and women.
Yet, this immense thankfulness that I felt every time I entered…