unreported story worth sharing... At a recent
Soldiers Breakfast held at Redstone Arsenal, AL,
Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley shared the
following story. (The vignette was captured by James
Henderson, Association of the U.S. Army Redstone
Huntsville Chapter Chaplain. Please distribute far and
wide...it is worth sharing!!)
He (SMA Jack Tilley) described one such recent visit
to our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center
in Washington that I (Chaplain Henderson) will never
"The Special Forces soldier had lost his right hand
and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his
body. As SMA Tilley described, how do you honor such a
soldier, showing respect without offending?
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 just lost his?
Finally he told how he acted as though the man had a
hand, taking his wrist as though it were his hand and
speaking encouragement to him.
A few days later another man who had even brought his wife with him to visit the wounded who knew exactly what to do. This man reverently took this soldier's stump of a hand in
both of his hands, bowed at the bedside and prayed for
him. When he stood from praying he bent over and
kissed the man on the head and told him he loved him.
What a powerful expression of love for one our
wounded heroes! And what a beautiful Christ-like
example! What kind of man would kneel in such humility
and submission to the Living God of the Bible?
It was George W. Bush, President of the United States
and Commander in Chief of our Armed forces, a man who
understands and follows his chain of command, a leader
God has given us.