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A woman in the Army learns to watch her back as well as the backs of her comrades during the heat of battle.

Image of American flag (C) 2009, by Karla Dorman.

I have to keep my eyes open, every minute, every second.  I also have to listen for the fall of footsteps, foreign voices shouting in rapid-fire Arabic, and make sure we don't get caught by surprise.

I am serving in Iraq.  I'm in the army.  I'm a chaplain.  Sometimes I think my job is the hardest of all because I'm the one who has to bury the dead and try to comfort/support those who have been injured or traumatized by the hell of war.

War is not pretty.  I have seen men, women, even children and babies killed ... and the enemy doesn't even care.  They'll take out as many people with them to carry out their sick agenda, using violence as a means of trying to get their twisted point across.

Disease runs rampant in the refugee camps.  People are starving or dying of diseases like malaria, dysentry, any number of communicable diseases; even the threat of bubonic plague, typhus, typhoid, and cholera loom in the air and over our heads.

It is a scary situation to be in .  I wouldn't wish this on my own worst enemy, even those of whom we are fighting against.

While I don't handle the weaponry as much, I still fight an ongoing battle: the winning of souls for the Lord Jesus Christ.  My weapon I carry in my hand: my Holy Bible.  Sometimes I think that is the most powerful weapon of all because God can change things when you least expect it.

It still isn't easy when I hold a bloody and injured child or cradle a mortally wounded soldier's head in my lap as I offer my prayers to The Holy One, asking, beseeching Him to help the wounded and to comfort them in their great time of need, or, if they're dying, to show mercy upon their souls and let them come to the Heavenly Kingdom, where they would be with God, His Son, Jesus, and all the angels for all eternity.

The main reason I joined the army in the first place is because it runs in my family heritage: my dad, several of my uncles, several cousins, a nephew, and one of my best friends served.  I appreciated the sacrifices they  made so I could live in absolute freedom from tyranny; it really touched me to hear their war stories, so I decided to follow suit: carry on the family tradition, as they say.

Only what I wanted to do was become a chaplain, which is exactly what I did.  I didn't have the heart to kill; I wanted to show compassion and love, just as Jesus did (and does).  I love my job, don't get me wrong; but I sure hate being threatened because of my Christian beliefs and having to deal with things like death, fear, and worry on a constant, ongoing basis!

One slip, and I would be gone.  This is why I have been trained to keep my mind, eyes, and ears open, so I don't become one of the ever growing statistics of the dead and wounded.

It never ends.  It never ends!!  God, have mercy upon me, and God, have mercy upon those who kill, as well as those who I am ministering to!  In Jesus' mighty, holy Name, I pray, Amen and AMEN!!

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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/12/2010
When they are so willing to stand up for us, they are Heros to me. Thank you Karen, a great write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/3/2010
A powerfully told story, Karen. Well done.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/2/2010
This is a great story Karen, we need more stories like this
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/2/2010
A wonderful story of one of our unsung hero's as they quietly do God's work...
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/2/2010
A powerful, powerful witness to the ugliness of war tempered with the hope of Faith ... well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/2/2010
Well done Karen, a good glimpse into the war from the eyes of a Christian chaplain, it is sad that so much killing is done in the name of one religion or another. When we grieve for our fallen servicemen we often forget there are those on the other side of this war who grieve just as much for their fallen.

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