I had this emailed to me, and as a veteran of Iraq, it touched me. I thought I would bypass the normal blog post and just post this with a little comment below. I post this in memory of 1st Lieutenant Joshua Hurley, my platoon leader and friend, who I wasn’t able to bring back home. Died in Mosul Iraq, November 1, 2003 at the age of 24. You are remembered, Sir.

THE FINAL
INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass..

 

‘Step forward now, Soldier ,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

 

‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can’t always be a saint.

 

I’ve had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I’ve been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

 

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn’t mine to keep…

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

 

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear..

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I’ve wept unmanly tears.

 

I know I don’t deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears

 

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,

It needn’t be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

 

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

 

‘Step forward now, you Soldier,

You’ve borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,

You’ve done your time in Hell.’

 

~Author Unknown~

It’s the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It’s the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It’s the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..

It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

Remember that through the tears and the pain, the mud and the rain, soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailor will continue to stand ready to do violence on our behalf until Jesus returns. God reminded me that He walked with me every day while I was serving in Iraq, from keeping me under his protection to giving me love from family and friends back home. These men may not always be Christian, they may not live a life many of us approve us, but it is because of them and those like them that we live the life we do. Take a moment and thank a veteran. Send a Bible to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan. Take a moment to include them in your prayers.

I pray for my brothers and sisters daily.
Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

 

You all know I love your input and thoughts, but just this time, let’s make it a point to post the names of those we honor who have served in Combat, whether they came home or paid the ultimate price. Leave a comment with their name, rank, and where they served (or as much as you know).

Comments
  1. Doug says:

    Spencer Kimball – US Marines
    Carr (sadly forgot his last name) – US Marines in the first Iraq/Kuwait war
    Tillman Rose (my grandpa) – National Guard WWII was on an escort ship that was sunk
    Naomi Schiller – Israeli Defense Force

  2. Paul S says:

    Too many brothers to list- 326 Engineers 101st Airborne
    Russell Bowers- Grandfather- WWII Naval SeaBee (Pacific Fleet)
    William MacDuff- Civil War 101st New York Volunteers
    All of mine have made it home, but many friends have paid the ultimate price.

  3. j4man says:

    My great uncle William McBurney – WWII – Missing in Action – Germany.

  4. thomspeaks says:

    My Brother-in-law:
    SSG Marcus Vasquez
    101st Airborne
    4th Brigade
    161 Cav.
    He is in Afghanistan right now, until August.
    This is his 3rd deployment.

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