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In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Full Hearts

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

Good morning from Afghanistan. I am exhausted. I am soaking wet almost up to my waist.  I am covered in mud from the knee down. It’s the kind of mud that just clings to you. It was dust a couple of days ago, but there have been heavy storms, hail, and heavy rains, and the entire camp where we are is just an absolute pile of mud. I’m feeling sick. I’m not sure exactly what I’ve come down with—some kind of cold, runny nose type of…

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In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

A Table in the Presence of My Enemies

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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.

Good evening, my time, good morning, your time, from Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. I have finally arrived here with my Marines. We have been in the country now for several days and done a bit of a tour around the country just in order to get here. There are not a lot of easy ways into Afghanistan, so we were able to fly through a couple of air bases. Along the way I was able to meet other chaplains from the Air Force and from the Army. I got to meet with some…

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