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  • Writer's pictureEdward Riederich

Trapped in Fallujah

Back in the year 2004 West of Baghdad 40 miles Marines on this desert floor Withstood tests and trials

In the battle of Fallujah From a Sergeant named Tim Came forth a Hallelujah When conditions looked grim

In the distance an ominous sky Threatened to engulf the men Could not outrun if they tried In quite a predicament then

The sandstorm named "The Churning" Soldiers trapped against the wall Their heads pressed felt the burning "God stop this storm!" they did call

3 days of sand and wind Motionless on the ground 3 days they were pinned Horrific roaring sound

Furious sandstorm persisted Survival looking bleak Storm of particulates resisted Stones scalded their cheeks

Fighting for a breath Fighting against their fears Now facing apparent death Storm of every hundred years

Prepared to be buried alive In the suffocating storm To breathe they did strive When blinding sand did swarm

3 days of "The Churning" Now it was gradually subsiding 3 days of intense burning Now the men came out of hiding

Finally able to get up and stand Assistance the storm did yield Winds misplaced so much sand Uncovering a deadly minefield

Sergeant Tim now gasped As he saw this explosive trap He realized and grasped That God saw them on the map

Underneath the desert sky Where those marines stood God had heard their desperate cry And worked the bad for good

Trials in your life can work for good He redeems what's wrecked Your struggles He has understood He is the master architect

In life we will go through storms Sometimes for days and days We may lose sight of His form But perfect are His ways

Storms must be endured Even if they seem longer By faith rest assured Storms make you stronger

In hardships if you feel unseen And can't seem to raise a Hallelujah Remember God and those Marines When they were trapped in Fallujah

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Jan 07, 2022

Wow, this is beautiful. A great message and I thank you for this, Ed!

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