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MORTALLY WOUNDED- COMMUNION MEDITATION


"On the 19th of November 1967, in the vicinity of Dak To, Viet Nam Chaplain Charlie Waters was moving with one of the companies of his Battalion when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain Waters, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, giving words of encouragement, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, Chaplain Waters ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. At least 6 more times Chaplain Waters went outside the perimeter to rescue wounded soldiers, exposing himself to both friendly and enemy fire. Chaplain Waters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded."


Wounded. We are the wounded--scarred by evil and sin. But Jesus has come to rescue us. "He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." That's what we remember at communion--Our Chaplain Christ coming to earth, being mortally wounded so that we can be completely healed from our wounds.


SOURCE: SermonCentral Staff. Citation: from CH Waters’ Medal of Honor Citation. Contributed by Guy Caley.


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