Mysterious Wars and our Place in History

War is Hell VietnamThis photo is from the Vietnam War, when so many Americans hated the idea of the war and dumped their anger and wrath on our soldiers. Imagine being right out of high school, drafted, and sent into the jungle! It wasn’t your idea or your war. You fought and maybe died for people who hated you–and for those who supported you. I don’t know whether this solider survived the war or not. Is he a father and a grandfather? Does he suffer today from PTSD or the affects of agent orange?

Whatever the outcome for this soldier in particular, I agree with his message–war is hell–with a little “h.”

I grew up during the Vietnam War and never really understood it–like being dropped into a theater smack in the middle of a movie, not knowing the characters or the plot. Do you ever feel like that about current conflicts, or the headlines, or politics? Each of us “lands” somewhere in history and it’s always in the middle of a story. We must all make time to find out where we’ve landed.

In the 60‘s and 70‘s, my father-in-law and WWII veteran, Daniel E. Colley worked at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. He helped put together a unique helicopter that was used in Vietnam for night missions to find U.S. soldiers and rescue them. It was the first helicopter equipped with infrared technology so the pilot could see the ground below him and find our guys. “Pop” was on a team given the task of putting this chopper together from the wreckage of two other helicopters. There was no budget, so they salvaged what they could and fashioned the rest into what became the Pave Low helicopter. Many of our soldiers were saved because of this important aircraft, and Pave Lows are still flying today in a more advanced version.

God says this is our generation and every generation has a job to do. We should know what went on before us, so we can do our part to help form what will be left after us. We need to know what’s written in the Bible and be doers not just hearers. It’s our instruction in righteousness. God’s intent is that we know who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. Remember, we are on the winning side!

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8

Thank you, U.S. military, we honor you and pray for you.


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