|May 31, 2012||Thing|
|May 29, 2012||Don't Jump|
|May 27, 2012||Beginning|
|May 22, 2012||Light Shine|
|May 20, 2012||FROG|
|May 17, 2012||Terrifying Beauty|
|May 15, 2012||Mine, Mine, Mine|
|May 14, 2012||Shotgun Wakeup|
|May 13, 2012||Pristine|
|May 11, 2012||Hagia Sophia|
|May 10, 2012||Call on Faith|
|May 6, 2012||Wolfie|
|May 2, 2012||Crying Out for Peace|
Title: Foxholes and MRAPs
Date: October 31, 2013
The lieutenant colonel was my classmate, and dear friend in divinity school, which taught us a scrupulous rationalism. The surprising thing is that this decorated hero was, and is, an atheist. In 2010, he commanded an armored division of a thousand soldiers while deployed in Iraq. One day our lieutenant colonel was in an MRAP** — a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected — vehicle, leading a routine patrol of MRAPs through a city neighborhood. His MRAP was first in line when an IED exploded underneath it. The vehicle’s design saved the lives and limbs of all the occupants, but the MRAP got stuck and blocked the exit for all the other MRAPs in line. An ambush broke out. Eventually our soldiers, under heavy fire, freed the MRAP, and the patrol escaped. The lieutenant colonel did not lose a single soldier in that deployment. He told us later that after the bomb went off beneath him, as they were fighting their way out of the ambush, he suddenly became aware that he had been praying to God. He was astonished at that discovery, and said that in no way had he intended to pray. He just found himself praying. This reminds me of that World War II saying, often attributed to journalist Ernie Pyle*, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” The sentiment is that even atheists, when under extreme threat, may seek out Divine help.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, I’m guessing it’s okay to pray for atheists even if they, like my dear friend, believe me to be sometimes nonsensical. God, bless them. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: God loves atheists.
*Ernie Pyle: http://www.answers.com/topic/ernie-pyle
**MRAP: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected; For an explanation and photo of this vehicle, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MRAP_(armored_vehicle)