I Don’t Know What To Say…He Paid The Price.
Ever have one of those days when you really do not know what
to say because you are deep in thought?
Today is one of those days.
I was at the airport a few days ago and I was observing a
young soldier going through the screening process. He was in his battle
dress uniform, pressed and starched, standing there as the security
officer waved the metal detector over and around him.
You could see a humble but proud troop, he was going home.
The soldier sustained major burns. He was missing both of
his ears, scars on his face, his arms and hands in elastic bandages. He
was someone hard to look at, but your eyes kept coming back to him
standing there a proud soldier.
Once finished I saw the security officer help him with
putting his back pack on. Then the soldier and an older woman that
accompanied him walked out of the screening area.
You see, I have seen this soldier before and the last time
he was wearing his jeans, shirt and a black cowboy hat. While he was
leaving the screening area I asked him where his cowboy hat was and I
smiled and stated “So they are making you fly home in your uniform heh?”
He smiled back and answered “Nope, this time it is for
sentimental reasons, I am wearing it for the last time. I wanted to wear
it going home.”
This young soldier moved me very deeply. He paid the price.
While waiting for his flight to leave, I noticed that he was
having some lunch, smiling and talking to the older woman accompanying
I went over and introduced myself and he told me his name
was John. I found out that the woman was his proud mother taking her young
soldier son back home.
I asked if I could sit and talk with him a bit. They both
agreed and I took a seat.
I told John that his statement about wearing his uniform for
the last time moved me.
I also told him that I wanted to personally come over and
thank him for his service and for the price he paid.
Ray, he said “I have been blown up twice and I was set on
fire. With all that I have been through, you want to know what?”
“What” I said.
“I would do it all over again, every single minute of it.”
I did not know what to say. A lump rose up in my throat and
tears were welling up in my eyes. Here was one of America’s sons and I was
honored to be sitting here with him.
I asked him “does it bother you to be in this situation?”
John said “ nope” as he smiled.
“ Ray, do you have kids?” he asked
“Yes I do, I have 4, two on their own now and two still at
He asked me the ages of the ones still at home and I told
him eleven and twelve years old, a boy and a girl. We talked about where I
lived and a bit more about my family.
He said “sounds like you have a good family and that you are
a good father. I want you to know something. I was over there just for
them, so they would not have to go.”
The lump grew larger and my eyes welled up, then a tear
escaped and dripped down the side of my face. I was in awe. You see the
tears were not tears of sadness; they were tears of pride and honor.
I looked upon the scars and wounds that he sustained; he
smiled and continued talking to me. The feelings that I felt are hard to
explain. I was proud, joyous, humbled and honored.
We talked a bit more and then I got up and wished him and
his mother a safe trip. I thanked him once again for the service and
sacrifice that he made. He kind of brushed it off with a smile and a
sparkle in his eye and said, “I’d do it all over again, no need to thank
As I walked away, my mind went to our Lord. I asked Him to
bless John and his family and a continued safe trip. He was going home to
a hero’s welcome with friends, family and the town waiting for him at the
airport. I was glad.
I went into thought and the still small voice told me that
the way I was feeling, is just a glimpse of how I would feel when I would
personally meet Jesus, the one who paid the ultimate price. Once again I
was in awe over what our Lord gave to us. And you know what? He would do
it all over again, just because He loves us so much. The lump and the
tears returned while meditating on what Christ did for us and His joy to
do it all again if given the chance, much like John.
I wanted to share this story with you during the Christmas
season. I hope that you remember our troops who are paying the price. Say
a prayer and think of them during this Christmas season. They and their
families are giving up so much.
Joh 3:16 - 17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Think of the scars and the wounds that our Lord sustained,
and give thanks to our Lord in Heaven. He paid the ultimate price so that
through Him the world might be saved.
If you see one of our young men or women in uniform this
Christmas season, go over and thank them. They have paid and continue to
pay the price.
About the Author:
Ray & Tracye Gano are the Executive Directors of
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