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Masked Godsends
By Lew Duffey   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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A friend sent me an email with a video clip that provoked me to travel back in time. You may think that is not so strange when a man reaches a certain age but let me try to explain. The video was a salute to those who fought in world wars… all of them.

If you would like to see it simply click on the link below this piece. Here is what it did for me.
I was called upon to remember the day I graduated from high school and like so many others I joined the army. My parents and loved ones were so proud of me and I felt that pride too.
Alas my army life didn’t last long. I was discharged five months and seventeen days later. They thought I had emotional problems but within the first year after I came stumbling up the stairs to my folk’s apartment on Christmas Eve, doctors at Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland operated on my feet for fallen arches.
I felt like somehow the Lord had let me down but it didn’t take long for me to see that this was not the case. I spent several months in the Hospital where I met boys who had never taken a swing at a baseball, played basketball or football. They couldn’t even walk. They were born that way. Gee, how could I feel sorry for Lew?
A couple of years I met a beautiful girl who I fell in love as soon as I laid eyes on her. I won’t try to tell you about our dating and the wonder of holding her in my arms but I am sure you know about that. We got married and bought a little home and I found a job as a radio announcer. These were the happiest days of my life. I became the father of three kids, a boy and two girls and they have since blessed me with five grandkids that I never seem to get tired of seeing.
The reason I felt compelled to write this is because that short video got me to thinking. What if I had never joined the Army? What if I had not suffered from fallen arches and been sent home early? 
I probably would not have met that beautiful lady who is still my love till this day. We would have not had the life together with her that I would not trade for anything. No kids. No grandkids. What an empty life it would be.
I have had my share of problems over the years. I had a heart attack at the age of forty. Doctors have since found that I have suffered from Lupus all my life at least when it was not in remission. If this had not been the case I may not have had fallen arches, a heart attack or the kidney failure I deal with today.
However, I would not likely have ever met Ann, been blessed with my children whom I love more than I can say. There would be no little devils like my grandsons or an angel like my granddaughter. Actually I think they are all angels.
If God spoke to me today and asked, “Would you like me to change your life?” I would have to say, “Absolutely not.” Change one thing and that changes everything, doesn’t it.
My prayer is this: “I thank you God for all the blessings you have exalted upon me, even the ones which came in disguise.
Thank you, my friends for taking time to read this.
God bless,

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/20/2010
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