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In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

In the Valley of the Shadow of Death Archived podcasts are no longer updated. A Chaplain of Marines Speaks His Heart and Mind from the Front Lines of Afghanistan

Start date: March 2010 21 episodes

Fr. David Alexander, an Antiochian priest and chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, gives us a window into life with his Marines as they battle in Afghanistan and his struggle to be a shepherd in their midst.

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Episodes

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Jun 25, 2013

Homecomings

Fr. David is back in the United States and shares one final message from home about what homecoming is like for combat-deployed troops.

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27:17
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Jun 18, 2013

Mariu, Skoog, Brother Priests, and the Mother of God

In this final episode of "In the Valley of the Shadow of Death" (for now), Fr. David reports from Bagram Air Base, explaining the simultaneous sense of community and lack of community that marked his time in Afghanistan.

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32:15
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Jun 11, 2013

A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 3

Fr. David chronicles what could be the last of his Paschas spent in Afghanistan, describing the services he celebrated in Kandahar at a very unique Romanian chapel.

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27:33
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Jun 06, 2013

A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 2

Fr. David describes the first of the two Paschas that he celebrated this year in Afghanistan.

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20:12
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May 27, 2013

A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 1

In this first episode of a three-part series, Fr. David recalls his very first Pascha while on deployment.

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19:00
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May 21, 2013

Indirect Fire

A mortar attack on his base prompts Fr. David to look back on past experiences with indirect fire.

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11:31
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May 14, 2013

Resembling Dust

Fr. David explains how the humility that comes with exhaustion can bring you very close to God.

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19:42
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May 07, 2013

Being an Impostor

Fr. David tries to put himself in the shoes of a non-canonical Orthodox chaplain who is attempting to minister to canonical Orthodox marines.

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26:42
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Apr 23, 2013

In Between

Fr. David describes what it's like when you're about to deploy or about to come home.

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23:59
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Aug 04, 2010

Facing West

Fr. David Alexander presents his final episode of In the Valley of the Shadow of Death. As he prepares to return home from Afghanistan, he reflects on what he has learned and those things for which he is thankful.

26:09
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Jul 20, 2010

Convoy

Fr. David explains that with convoys, as with life, the worst parts are paradoxically also the best.

24:11
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Jul 07, 2010

Eve Means Life

Fr. David has been away from his baby daughter, Eve Marie, for five months. Here he reflects on the nature and meaning of their long-distance relationship.

19:38
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Jun 24, 2010

Paschal Joy, Paschal Lessons, Paschal Rest

Fr. David shares some of the joys and frustrations of celebrating Pascha in Afghanistan.

20:58
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Jun 09, 2010

Finding Scott Hakim

While looking for an Orthodox Marine, Fr. David is reminded that, when conducting a search, you often find much more than you bargained for.

33:28
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May 26, 2010

A Just War

Fr. David applies St. Augustine's seven principles of a just war to Operation Enduring Freedom.

38:16
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May 13, 2010

Fallen Angels

Fr. David explains that there are many similarities between American Marines and the Afghani people, particularly in the area of loss.

21:52
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Apr 28, 2010

Brief Moments

Fr. David reminds us that we need to be content where we are, looking for those brief moments in which God can speak to people who need to hear.

31:05
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Apr 14, 2010

Full Hearts

Fr. David sends his first group of Marines into a fight on their own, and he blesses them before they go.

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Mar 31, 2010

A Table in the Presence of My Enemies

Fr. David describes what it's like to build and prepare an Orthodox altar for his Marines in Afghanistan, most of whom are not Orthodox Christians.

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Mar 17, 2010

Faithful Guardians of Soul and Body

Fr. David reflects on guardian angels, both his earthly protector, the Chaplain's Assistant, and his heavenly one.

19:47
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Mar 03, 2010

How Do I Say Goodbye?

Fr. David describes the various ways in which he and his Marines say goodbye to family and friends before going to war.

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