Monday, May 31, 2010

A Tribute to My Two Sons in the Military, by Noemi Rabina

My son, Wilfred Rabina, Jr. served in the US Navy for 20 years. He just retired on January 2010. He was on board the USS Abraham Lincoln and has traveled the deep blue seas. They have anchored in continents of Hawaii, Philippines, Australia, and USA. Other times, they were stationed on land for about four years each in Japan, Washington State and San Diego, California.

There was a time when they were on board their ship in a dangerous zone. They did not docked on land but stayed miles away. It was about the time when a US ship was hit by a missile bomb that killed some crew members. Their safety was not sure but they answered the call of duty. I was touched to hear him say that “he is not afraid for he knows where he is going.” Such a strong faith, believing that there is a new life beyond the far horizon.

My youngest son, Noel, is with the National Guard. He is deployed for the 2nd time to Iraq. The first was in 2005. This is a mother grieving again after he left this month of May. He has been calling often while they were still on training in Fort Hood, Texas, to the time they reached Kuwait on their way to Iraq. He has not yet given us information about his assignment. It could be a military secret. What he has been telling us are those that he sees in Kuwait, the hunch back camels with their young ones. I told him to take pictures and send them to us. We continued to give him our blessings and encouragement and to pray always for guidance and safety in serving the country.

I miss him at home. I miss preparing an extra plate for his breakfast. I miss his noise, his doing heavy things at home, his time in tending our pet dogs and cat. I miss staying awake late at night waiting for his return home from school or work or from company of friends. Most of all, I miss him seating beside me in church on Sunday. Who can comfort us during this time? The Lord promised not to leave us, to give us hope and peace of mind and soul. He said, ”Let not our hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Under His wings we will find our refuge and I believe that His words are true.

Our password is Psalm 91. “Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.’ ”


  1. Noemi, This is a beautiful tribute to your sons. It is obvious they are loved. You have been doing your part of what God asks of you while on earth. I hope and pray for your sake your son makes it home safely. God bless you Annette

  2. The word "pride" has deep meaning for you and your family. I can only imagine how much you must miss your son. Let your faith comfort you in those lonely moments.Smile and share your pride! Gail

  3. Hi Noemi,
    What wonderful sons you raised. It is understandable that a mother misses a son who is serving his country. I pray that Noel gets home safely to sit with you in church again. God bless you and your family. Nora