Spiritual Life: Veterans have made 'superhero' contributions for us

Micah Smith, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

John visually checked his men as they sprawled out in the offensive prone position around the corpsman. No shots fired yet, he thought. Let's gather these two up and move out! At that moment, John felt his buddy's body jerk next to him from the impact of a sniper round. Parker, John's good friend, lay next to him, groaning as life left his body.

But my friend carried on. He was subsequently awarded the Silver Star for physically carrying his fellow Marines, one at a time, through 100 yards of heavy machine gun fire.

I know more than a few superheroes, and I'll bet you do too. Quite a number of them happen to be veterans. Maybe they haven't served on a battlefield like my friend John, but nonetheless, if you measured contributions like sacrifice, compassion, generosity, and courage, they would outshine The Avengers.

In the New Testament book of Hebrews, chapter 11, the writer takes us on a drive-through of ordinary men and women who made courageous contributions to their generation. And the common strand that connects these people is their faith in God while facing giant-sized problems.

Life itself is a battlefield sometimes and even though we would prefer to dodge the challenges and skip the obstacles, courage calls us to move forward. And when our natural courage falters (as it surely will), faith in a faithful God will more than compensate.

My veteran friend John will swear to it.


About The Writer

Rev. Micah Smith is president and founder of Global Gateway Network (, author of "Heaven's Heartbeat," and a Tri-City Herald Spiritual Life contributor. He enjoys trail running and coffee roasting with family and friends. email:

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