January 23, 2014

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John 4:1-15

Like Jesus and the woman at the well, sometimes we have to overcome communications obstacles. One day, after arriving in Baghdad on our second tour to Iraq, I introduced myself to one of our newer Soldiers. Looking for some shock value, he boldly declared, “Sir, I’m a Wiccan.” I calmly replied, “That’s nice.”

Over the next few months, I spent a lot of time getting to know him, hearing his story and building a relationship of trust with him, planting “seeds.” One day, the Humvee we were riding in together was hit by a roadside bomb. The Soldier received surface burns to his face and hands. Holding the “compress” of salve on his face, I gently shared, “God was with you today.”

Two weeks later, through the invitation and witness of a fellow Soldier, he responded to the Gospel and became a follower of Jesus Christ. I witnessed the change in his life as he grew, matured, and became a better man. He learned to live differently, to live as a child of the light, and to take each day and each moment as a gift from God—all because one believer scattered and planted, another watered, and God gave the growth.

Prayer: Lord of invitation, by the power of the Holy Spirit, rooted in your Word, fed around your Table, use as, as we live out our Baptisms, to scattered good seed, in your name, and for the sake of your Kingdom. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Glenn Palmer,
Active Duty US Army Chaplain.

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