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Recently, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilley, was with a group of people visiting the wounded soldiers. He saw a Special Forces soldier who had lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body.
The SMA wanted to honor him and show him respect without offending, but what can you say or do in such a situation that will encourage and uplift? How do you shake the right hand of a soldier who has none? He decided to act as though the hand was not missing and gripped the soldier’s wrist while speaking words of comfort and encouragement to him.
But there was another man in that group of visitors who had even brought his wife with him to visit the wounded who knew exactly what to do. This man reverently took the soldier’s stump of a hand in both of his hands, bowed at the bedside and prayed for him. When he finished the prayer he stood up, bent over the soldier, kissed him on the head and told him that he loved him.

What a powerful expression of love for one of our wounded heroes! What kind of a man would kneel in such humility and submission? It was the wounded man’s Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush, a true leader.

This story was told by the SMA at a Soldier’s Breakfast held at Red Arsenal, AL, and recorded by Chaplain James Henderson, stationed there.

Let’s remember to keep our President and leaders in prayer. Praise God for the freedoms that we can enjoy here in the United States of America!
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