Parables From Combat: Scriptures Through The Eyes Of A Combat Veteran

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In the distance, I hear explosions from our artillery support prepping the wooded area surrounding our landing zone. This tactic seems great in theory but confirms to the enemy exactly where we’re going to set down. It’s hot and very humid. The doors of the chopper have been removed, allowing wind to rush in, soothing our jagged nerves and evaporating the top layer of sweat. We’re sitting on the floor because the seats were removed to give us more room for the 60-80 pounds of gear we’re packing. But, mostly so we can ingress or egress quickly from the choppers. The co-pilot yells, “Go, go, GO!” Leaping desperately from the floor of the chopper, my heart pounds in my throat so loud I can hear it above the blasting M60s of the door gunners. I pray at 100 miles per hour before I splash into the water and mud below. “God, help me be brave. Help me to do good. Don’t let me die. GOD, HELP ME!

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In the distance, I hear explosions from our artillery support prepping the wooded area surrounding our landing zone. This tactic seems great in theory but confirms to the enemy exactly where we’re going to set down. It’s hot and very humid. The doors of the chopper have been removed, allowing wind to rush in, soothing our jagged nerves and evaporating the top layer of sweat. We’re sitting on the floor because the seats were removed to give us more room for the 60-80 pounds of gear we’re packing. But, mostly so we can ingress or egress quickly from the choppers. The co-pilot yells, “Go, go, GO!” Leaping desperately from the floor of the chopper, my heart pounds in my throat so loud I can hear it above the blasting M60s of the door gunners. I pray at 100 miles per hour before I splash into the water and mud below. “God, help me be brave. Help me to do good. Don’t let me die. GOD, HELP ME!

The author, Tony Funtanilla, life is a testament to the trials and sadness he has endured during his military service, leaving him with the realization he is fully living an extremely blessed life that has come full circle. He is married to his wonderful wife Debbie, and they reside in Texas.  They have three daughters who blessed them with nine incredible grandchildren, five granddaughters, and four grandsons who love God and live in California. Happily retired and aware of how the Lord has refined and led him each step of the way, he lives with a strong sense of purpose. Prompted by the Holy Spirit to write this devotional to inspire and uplift others, his hope is that God will impart joy and insight through these pages to you, the reader.