Wounded Soldier Down

Wounded soldier down!
The very air crackles about him,
The moment is charged with alarm.
Fallen is Babylon.
Fallen, too, the Savior
Under his cross,
Man at war within himself,
His colors undeclared.

Wounded soldier down!
Two armies meet in one field of battle.
Only one shall rise again.
Victory is at hand.
Only one has paid the price.

Wounded soldier down!
Unseen forces join the fray.
The smell of fear draws the demonic.
Hell combats hope and the holy,
Raising doubts by telling lies.

Wounded soldier down!
Dragged by the heels,
Through the mire of memory.
Sin gnashes its teeth.
The enemy assails a child of God.

Wounded soldier down!
Prayer cries out before the throne of God.
There were days in which he’d prayed.
And there was selfless love.
Sprinkled as holy water.
Father forgive him,
Though he knew Me little.

Wounded soldier down!
A moment of Truth
Before One God,
How will you now?
Choose your livery.
Be you a son to Me?
I won the battle long ago,
Fighting now for you alone.

Wounded soldier down!
Angelic encampments
Muster to the call.
Hell is engaged,
As son you choose to be.

Wounded soldier down!
Life leaves you on that plain.
Bereft of breath.
Like a child,
Lifted heavenward,
On wings of the holy,
To your Sabbath rest.

©2012 Joann Nelander

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5 thoughts on “Wounded Soldier Down

  1. I was reading in The Wanderer the other day of a plan to have every soldier think three good things about himself every night before he sleeps in order to cut the number of suicides in the military. Your poem reminds me of what I thought at the time: Jesus is the answer, not some cockamamie psychological trick.

    • Jesus is our healer, whether we know it or not. We are especially blessed when we know it, for gratitude speeds healing and lets us wrap our arms about the Savior’s neck. All soldiers, even prayer warriors, need to be carried on His shoulders, in His arms and finally paraded around triumphantly by saints and angels just like tournament champions.

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