“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
–Ephesians 6:10-15

Jun 25, 2005.

Michael P. Murphy was part of a four man reconnaissance team on a mission to kill or capture a top Taliban leader in Afghanistan. This was not his first mission, but it would be his last. Soon after the mission got under way, they were discovered, and were surrounded by a group of almost 200 Taliban forces. With the help of reinforcements, the battle ended with 93 Taliban dead, including Murphy and two of his team members. While Murphy lost his life, he made his team’s defense possible with his heroic act, standing up and leaving his position to get a clear signal from his radio. In the act of calling for reinforcements, he was hit by the enemy, but continued to fight until he died from his wounds.

He received the Medal of Honor for his efforts.

His story would be exciting and heroic enough if that was the entire story. However, the most interesting part of this man’s life for me is not just how he fought. You see, this man had a very successful life before he went to war. He graduated from Penn State University, earning degrees in both Political Science and Psychology. He was working as an Assistant State Attorney when he enlisted. He had a promising career ahead of him, with endless possibilities. Why on earth would this young man choose to leave this successful life to risk his life on the battlefield?

I truly believe that God has a path for every one of us. Yes he gives us free will, and we have a choice whether to follow that path. But in every one of us, there is that little thought in our heads, always guiding us, urging us to go where God wants us to go. Some of us are attorneys. Some of us are computer programmers. Some of us are secretaries and office workers.

Michael P. Murphy was a war hero.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
–Jeremiah 29:11

Yesterday was Memorial Day. I know we all have our own opinions on the wars we are engaged in. We are entitled to our opinions. But regardless of them, we should stop and remember the brave young men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Micheal P. Murphy knew very well when he left his position he was risking his life. He knew they were surrounded. He did it anyway. He did it for his fellow team members. He did it for his country. He did it for you.

Let’s remember to always keep our service men in our prayers.


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