"I don't need a war to take you home."
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2009 Sep 28
About a month ago I started an email correspondence with a soldier serving with the US Army in Afghanistan. From what he has written, I gather that he's been there for several tours of duty. Somehow he found one of my books, read it, and wrote with some questions. Like all who serve in a combat zone, he has wondered about the possibility of his own death. That thought bothered him for a long time until he had an unusual experience that gave him a new perspective:
We were getting ready to go on a convoy (for a stupid reason) and I was complaining about us risking our lives on the dangerous roads for nothing. just then I heard God's voice saying, "I don't need a war to take you home."
It is a great advance spiritually to realize that our lives are in God's hand. We sometimes talk about "safe" places and "dangerous" places. And from a human point of view, Afghanistan is much more dangerous than the average neighborhood in America. But geography doesn't determine destiny.
If you are a child of God, you couldn't be safer than you are right now.