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The Lord Is My Strength
Hero Missions wasn’t the only responsibility I had in Iraq, but it was the most challenging and the most rewarding, hands down. For all the counseling that the ...

The Lord is My Strength

Sgt. Joseph Bills, Chaplain’s Assistant, U.S. Army, Afghanistan (2004–2005); Iraq (2006-2007)

Hero Missions wasn’t the only responsibility I had in Iraq, but it was the most challenging and the most rewarding, hands down. For all the counseling that the chaplain and I gave to other people, sometimes I wished someone would ask me how I’m doing. We try to bear the burden as best we can, but it’s a lot for anybody.

At times I’d come home from a mission and break down and cry. I tried to give it to the Lord, asked God to be with that soldier’s family. One soldier had a one-year-old son, but he will never see his dad. Maybe that son was born while his dad was gone, and all he’ll have is a picture.

All of these soldiers’ deaths have affected me. I think about the ones that weren’t married. I’d sit there and think about their mom or dad getting this news right now. When I picked up their son, they didn’t even know yet. We were on the spot so fast that thoughts of their loved ones flashed though my mind: Wow. This is going to tear their hearts out.

Sometimes people wonder how, with my job, I could remain positive and upbeat and keep a smile on my face. The only reason I could do that is because of the Lord. Everything else just kind of falls into place. I don’t worry as much about danger, something happening to me. I don’t do stupid things, of course, and put myself in harm’s way by careless mistake. But once I do give myself over to the Lord, it’s a relief. It takes a lot of stress and burdens off of me.

My time in Iraq was the hardest experience I’ve ever had for a number of reasons, but the Lord sustained me and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Prayer:

Lord, sustain me and be my strength through each day and stage of my life.


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