Thursday, October 26, 2006

Good news from Iraq is really out there

Being former Air Force and a father, this story really touched me:

A Gentle Warrior

You guys know that I've been really burned out lately. I keep sitting down at my computer to try and explain what's been going on inside my head, but then the words fail me. How's that for a first?! I was describing my state of mind to Kit and I called it a "crisis of faith" - in the people of my country and the future of our nation. It has been hanging over my head and clouding my mind for several weeks now. Maybe I'll elaborate more on it, but then again, maybe you don't care to hear it. It's not happy stuff.

So Kit wisely counseled me to look for the good and share that with you. I have haltingly taken her excellent advice and found something that truly touched my cynical heart - as only an American soldier can do. Maybe you've seen this before, but for me it is new.


This picture is of Chief Master Sargeant John Gebhardt. A little Iraqi girl was rescued from an attack by insurgents, who killed her entire family and shot her in the head. She survived, but would cry all day. She would only be calm when Gebhardt would hold her. So Gebhardt has held her and slept with her in his arms for four nights (by the time the picture was taken).

I owe a big thank you to Muslihoon and OPFOR for casting a beam of brightness into my musings of doom and gloom.

Here's praying that Christians take over the news outlets and start sharing the good news about Iraq.  Americans on bad news about Iraq from all of the politically biased news outlets want the troops home now, Americans on good news that what we are doing it making a difference want the job done right!

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