Monday Music — “Soldier’s Light” by Rylee Preston & “Fighting Fear” by Edie Melson

Happy Memorial Day! 

Today we honor all the men and women who have dedicated their lives to keeping our country free. We also honor all the families left at home who’ve supported their loved ones as they’ve laid down their lives.

We can never repay you — all of you.

In today’s Monday Music, fifteen-year old Rylee Preston sings an original song, “Soldier’s Light” inspired by a poignant moment in her life. The moment when her father’s good friend received “the news.”

Army SPC. Justin Rollins was killed in Iraq in 2007. 

After witnessing her father grieve over the loss of his friend’s son, Rylee wrote this song. It’s a beautiful, haunting song of the price of freedom.

Rylee stars in this music video which portrays the moment too many families have had to endure — the loss of their husband father, son, or brother — another of our US soldiers.

Rylee wrote “Soldier’s Light” to honor Army SPC. Justin Rollins. The proceeds from the sale of her song (available on iTunes) will go to the Rollins Ride charity event, which raises money to support local schools and honors this brave soldier and all others who have given the ultimate cost for our freedom.

Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Goes to Battle by Edie Melson

Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Goes to Battle by Edie Melson

If you or a loved one is one of the countless families of a soldier deployed abroad, I encourage you to check out this book by acclaimed author/editor Edie Melson: 

Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle. 

“Saying goodbye to a loved one leaving for war is a gut-wrenching proposition. But for those of us left behind, their deployment marks the beginning of our battle. And yet, it is possible to find God’s peace in the midst of fear and conquer the terror that lurks in the darkness of doubt. In Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home, parents, spouses and siblings recount their personal journey as God goes before His people during times of spiritual, physical and military warfare. Learn the secret to living a peace-filled life when a loved one leaves for battle. Fight fear; win the war at home.” ~

Read what award winning novelist Ann Tatlock has to say about it:

Few life events can be more unsettling than sending a loved one off to war. This book captures so vividly the fear, doubts and anxiety that go along with deployment, but more than that, each devotion leaves no doubt as to God’s presence with us in the midst of it all.
— Ann Tatlock.

Everyone in America has been touched by a soldier. If you’re breathing air in the land of the free, you’ve been touched by a soldier.

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

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Edie Melson @

Edie Melson @

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, including the devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, and for Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers. She’s also a well known freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at, Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine and the Senior Editor for Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.  


Monday Music — Rylee Preston sings “Soldier’s Light” this Memorial Day (Click to Tweet)
Get Edie Melson’s book Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Goes to Battle (Click to Tweet)

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