Almost five years ago when my son was leaving for Iraq, I purchased a St. Michael the Archangel medal for him. I gave it to him the night before he left and explained that St. Michael was the patron saint of soldiers. I thought he would roll his eyes at me, but he was very polite and told me he would take it with him and "might" put it on.
A year later when he came home, I noticed a silver chain around his neck, and assumed it was dog tags. After he was home for a few days, he pulled the St. Michael medal from under his shirt to show me and told me he had worn it ever since he left.
That medal stayed around his neck until very recently. I thought maybe he had taken it off.
Yesterday I told him I needed to get him a gift before he left. I guess he knows his mom, because he told me he needed another St. Michael medal... I told him that was exactly what I was going to give him! The chain on his old one had broken. He fixed it once, but it broke again and he lost the medal.
I went to the Catholic Store on my lunch break today and purchased a new one. I don't think I like this one as well, but regardless, it is still a St. Michael the Archangel medal. For my son who will be not fighting a war this time, but being in war zones just the same.
Prayers, Prayers, Prayers....