Reese is my brother-in-law who was deployed about a month ago. My sister got a call the other day at 3 am. It was Reese telling her he was fine, but had broke his hand. She was elated that it was his right hand...that means he can't fight right now. He wouldn't tell her what happened.
A few days later she found out that one of the guys in Reese's group had been killed. We don't know what happened or if his injury and the death were related in any way. But the soldier who died has a wife and young kids.
Heather was grateful that he got hurt and laid-up because she said for whatever reason, she always had a very unsettling feeling about this mission.
Jesus - please keep Reese and his men safe, along with all the other men and women who continue to fight. Help them to see, but be unseen. Surround them with a wall of angels. Watch over their families. Bring them all home safe. Be with the family of the fallen soldier. Help them to feel your peace. Comfort them and bring support for them. Help them to remember long and heal quick. Amen.