Sunday, July 5, 2009

Living out John 15:13

Caught the end of a WWII Documentary last night, on the life and witness of Desmond Doss, the first Conscientious Objector to ever win the Medal of Honor. Although he refused to carry a gun, as a medic he would openly go out under fire to bring aid to wounded soldiers . . .sometimes even enemy soldiers.

While he made it out of the war alive, did he not lay down his life each and every time he put himself in harms way for the sake of his brother?

"On May 21, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, by a sniper bullet while being carried off the field by a comrade"

"Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends".

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