Just imagine you have to board a plane, fly in the dead of night to the top of a mountain where a hostile force is holding three members of the Red Cross hostage. Your job is to rescue those three souls as stealthily as possible, with the least amount of violence. As you take off, you are thinking about the bride you married a year ago and the child she just found out she is carrying. Would you not be on speaking terms with God?
I recently ran into someone who was skeptical about the idea of Christian values existing in the world of Special Operators. I gotta tell you, I think Navy SEALs and faith go hand in hand. Doing a job that puts you in constant peril surely causes SEALs to ponder their mortality and to look to a higher Being for courage and for hope.
Even if SEALs themselves aren’t particularly spiritual, I can guarantee you their loved ones pray often and fervently. But don’t take my word for it. Check Navy SEAL widow Lynette Bukowski’s lovely, lovely blog. I am in awe of this woman’s writing. Her faith humbles me. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her in person and to support her nonprofit, L-Z Grace Foundation, a retreat for Special Operators. Check out her inspiring words at gracebeyondgrace.com.
To every SEAL out there and to the women brave enough to love them, I salute you!