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Twana:
Good evening my name is Twana James and I welcome you to Prayables radio tonight on Blog Talk Radio. I am your host, again my name is Twana, I am a praymaker, I'm a mom I'm a wife and I'm a member of the online community Prayables.com where Susan Diamond is the founder and publisher and as we love to call her our Chief of Pray. We invite you at some point to log onto prayables.com. You can learn more about this online community of women of all different faiths who have the common goal to make prayer our priority of our every days life. In honor of veteran's day I spoke with an American soldier who is a veteran of the Iraq war. His name is Sergeant First Class Vernon Samuels, he is now retired but I learned so much in speaking with him and I would love to share this with you as we look at our veterans on today and there are so many prayers that go out to them, often we don't think about what their prayers are when they are out on the battle field. Take a listen.

In honor of Veteran's Day we take an inside look at prayer on the battlefield. Often, we take for granted the time we're aloted in our everyday lives to set aside and have prayer, but when your life is on the line and there's a war all around you what are the words that come to mind? How does one find peace in the midst of battle? I spoke with retired army Sargeant First Class Vernon Samuels about his time with the 89 transportation unit out of Fort Ussex, VA during their mission in Iraq where prayer was essential, no matter your religion.

Samuels:
Every day from day 1 that we was on the ground over there and we prayed was a significant emotional event. On any given day that we would have our convoy brief, we would pray even if they weren't Christians, it really didn't matter. It was 36 people, at least 30, that stood in the prayer. I don't think it matters but once we left our compoiund you really didn't know what lied before you on the road. You know looking at roadside bombs IEDs and different types of stuff, you hear about it and actually we live through it.

Twana:
With so much going on at once, there's much to remeber while you're in uniform. What meant the procedure the mission and more, while bullets are flying over head and the wounded are being cared for, Sergeant First Class Samuels said they still made time to look toward a higher authority.

Samuels:
Everytime we went out it kind of differed. Sometimes we would hold hands and get in circles. Sometimes we would just come togehther in a circle, bow our heads, take off our helmet and it would be a different person to lead the prayer depending on whatever the day was. When I gave the payer it would be "Dear Lord we come to you today to give thanks for you for waking us today and we ask that you keep us in your protective custody despite change as as we depart and keep us out of harms way as we depart from here go to our destination and protect us from our enemies and keep us mindful as the work is undoubtedly focused.

Twana:
And focused they were indeed on completing the mission at hand, trying to provide the day and staying prayerful throughout it all.

Samuels:
I've had soldiers where we been ambushed. I've lost a soldier. When we did get ambushed I was truly blessed. I mean personlly for the simple fact that once we got to our location my vehicle was shot up and from where my vehicle took hits at it should have comped out on me but it didn't. It got me to the save haven and I lost one soldier and sent 4 home wounded. We've had instances where we got held up and had we not been held up we would have been in another incident. We've been delayed from departing because of suspicious stuff and turns out the suspicious stuff was real stuff so that in itself to me was a prayer being answered; Keeping us out of harms way.

Twana:
Sargeant First Class Samuel's reflects on how his prayer life has changed since the war.

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