Miracle in Baghdad

On August 24, 2005, I received an e-mail from my son, Justin, a lieutenant in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, that changed my life. He had experienced his first gunfight with terrorists in the streets of Baghdad. His e-mail, describing the emotions he felt during the course of the battle, just about broke my heart.

I tried to pray, but the words just didn’t come out. Twenty years of Christian ministry and I was speechless. I needed the words of prayer that would make something happen and not just sound good. Every word had to be in God’s will. The way I discovered was to parrot God’s own Words about warfare, battle, and divine protection as recorded in the Bible. The result was more than a prayer, but a devotional penned for all parents with children in combat. Here is an excerpt:

“Father, deliver Justin from roadside bombs and IEDs, from land mines, car bombs, suicide bombers, rocket and mortar attacks, RPGs, ambushes, and snipers. Deliver him from every spiritual attack perpetrated by the forces of darkness. By the authority of Christ Jesus, I put a hedge of protection about Justin that is so complete and so impenetrable, nothing from the enemy, not from man or spirit, can get through to him. Lord, give Your angels special charge over Justin to accompany and defend and preserve him when on patrol and in battle, when he is at leisure, at rest, or on duty wherever he would be. Charge Your angels to bear Justin up on their hands and keep him from stumbling.”

Then, on March 13, 2006, Justin’s armored vehicle was hit broadside by a huge IED. Doors and roof were blown off. Wheels were blown off. All those in the patrol thought all soldiers in the vehicle had been killed. To their astonishment, every soldier emerged from the smoldering wreck, including my son, with only superficial injuries. Army investigators noted that the major force of the blast “turned away” from the vehicle, which spared everyone’s life. To quote the personnel officer from Ft. Drum informing me of the IED strike, “It was indeed a miracle!” You didn’t have to tell me!

—Michael Glass, New Port Richey, Florida