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Duke in Iraq – 7/27

July 27th, 2005 · 10 Comments

Perspectives on Tragedy

The other night I was asked to come to the ER to clear a patient for aerovac. As I entered the section of tent that is the emergency room, I could see immediately who I needed to clear. Lying on an elevated cot, the tent version of a hospital bed, was the wounded warrior. He had multiple injuries and I asked him what had happened. He was very calm as he described the incident that had brought him down this road. He was riding on a helicopter, not inside but on the outside standing on the narrow piece of metal tubing that is the

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  • 1 Dorothy // Jul 27, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    As a Marine Mom whose son served in Najaf last year, I often prayed for him to come home whole…in body AND spirit, knowing that the “whole in spirit” was much more important. Christ said it was better to enter into heaven without an eye or a hand than to have both and miss heaven. So I still pray, for sons of friends who are serving in Iraq right now, for my own two sons stateside, that God will use the difficult times to make them warriors for His kingdom and that they will shine as stars for Him. But I also have to pray for courage to live with what that may mean; courage for me too.

    Thanks so much for your blog. It helps.

  • 2 B Gunn // Jul 28, 2005 at 3:59 am

    Your ministry gives you a particular insight that no one else has or sees….the eternal one. May God pour out His blessing on you as you minister and bless to those hurting.
    Beverly Gunn
    East Texas

  • 3 Mudville Gazette // Jul 28, 2005 at 4:29 am

    Dawn Patrol

    IRAQ News from Iraq — [Long Time Gone – US Civ. in S Korea] I had the honor of working with a Colonel during my first couple of months in Korea. He volunteered for Iraq and recently sent the following…

  • 4 Mudville Gazette // Jul 28, 2005 at 4:57 am

    Dawn Patrol

    IRAQ News from Iraq — [Long Time Gone – US Civ. in S Korea] I had the honor of working with a Colonel during my first couple of months in Korea. He volunteered for Iraq and recently sent the following…

  • 5 stephen // Jul 28, 2005 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for this story.

    I can relate to what you are saying. It reminds me of a verse (??) ‘ALL THINGS work together for good to those that love God’..these ‘all things’ are not only nice things but even tragic situations. It is only when we look back (maybe after many years) that we realise that what happened to us is just what we needed.
    As we go throught situations we can gain so much more peace if we accept that the Lord is in control (even if we do not understand).

    thanks once again
    Stephen

  • 6 Mudville Gazette // Jul 28, 2005 at 5:06 am

    Dawn Patrol

    IRAQ News from Iraq — [Long Time Gone – US Civ. in S Korea] I had the honor of working with a Colonel during my first couple of months in Korea. He volunteered for Iraq and recently sent the following…

  • 7 Mudville Gazette // Jul 28, 2005 at 5:16 am

    Dawn Patrol

    IRAQ News from Iraq — [Long Time Gone – US Civ. in S Korea] I had the honor of working with a Colonel during my first couple of months in Korea. He volunteered for Iraq and recently sent the following…

  • 8 Holly - A Soldiers Angel // Jul 28, 2005 at 7:04 am

    Once of the many verses that comes to my mind when I visit these wounded soldiers is Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.” The courage, the ability to adapt and amazing recoveries from grevious injuries are all worthy of thanks and proof that nothing is certain except for God’s love and his control in our lives. And most of all, instead of writing ‘all things are possible’, I love it that he said instead “…nothing is impossible.”

  • 9 ROFASix // Jul 28, 2005 at 8:24 am

    Strange Story of a Snatch Mission Gone Bad?

    The blogsite Broken Masterpieces has a story entitled “Perspectives on Tragedy” (Duke in Iraq) that had me scratching my head this morning. It is a story of what has to be a “snatch mission gone bad.” After reading the blog en…

  • 10 Ralph // Aug 8, 2005 at 8:07 am

    I really enjoyed this post. I wrote an article a while back on much the same lines and thought you might like to read it. It is called Broken Bones; Pure Joy or Broken Promises? and can be read here: http://www.behindthebadge.net/articles/a115.html

    Keep up the good work and thank you for serving our country and also those others who are serving our country.

    Ralph