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CHARLES WHITFIELD was a platoon sergeant with Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, operating south of the DMZ near Cua Viet in early 1968. Late one afternoon, after a ...


After his recovery, Whitfield was left with seriously impaired vision. To read, he had to look obliquely at the page, using his peripheral vision. It was a slow and tedious process. In spite of this disability, and against his doctors’ advice, Whitfield enrolled in college as soon as he was physically able. It wouldn’t be easy for him, but he was determined to get on with his life. The turning point in his recovery came when he was temporarily assigned to help in a ward full of combat veteran amputees:

Ambulatory patients like me helped feed and care for them. I realized how difficult it was gonna be for them, that the severity of their wounds was incredible. And then I realized how insignificant my own injury was. Sure, I had a big hole in my head, I had brain damage, eyes that were damaged, but I had my arms, both legs. I could walk, feed myself. After that, I never considered my injury being very much at all.

A favorite expression of my wife’s mother, Eleanor, was, “I felt sorry for myself that I had no shoes, until I met a man that had no feet.” There is always something we can be thankful for. This positive outlook is the key to a healthy recovery from any wound, whether physical or emotional. Jesus Christ is the sure Source of this kind of optimism. Regardless of our wounds, he gives us the capacity for a joyful heart and the sure path to healing.

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