Skip to comments.Angels Watching Over Us: A Military Chaplain's Account of Miracles in Iraq
Posted on 04/10/2004 8:09:27 AM PDT by Happy2BMe
Lieutenant Carey Cash, chaplain to the First Battalion, 5th Marine regiment, part of the first ground force to enter Iraq, says there is no doubt that God was with them. In his new book, "A Table in the Presence," Cash gives his first-hand account of how God was not only moving in the hearts of the troops, but miraculously shielded them from the massive array of weapons poised to stop them.
During what former Lt. Col. Oliver North called the worst day of fighting for U.S. Marines, the first battalion, the most highly decorated Marines in U.S. history, suffered just one casualty. Something Cash calls an absolute miracle.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Lieutenant Carey Cash has written a book about his experiences called, from the 23rd Psalm, "A Table in the Presence." And he's here to talk about the miraculous way God intervened on behalf of his soldiers. Good to have you with us.
LT. CAREY CASH: Thank you.
ROBERTSON: What happened? You jumped off from Kuwait into Iraq. What happened that was really miraculous? There was a time that the troops that you were serving were pinned down and in danger of all being annihilated. What happened miraculous?
CASH: On April 10th, our battalion was given orders to seize the presidential palace on the Tigris River. And we went into the center of that city, not realizing that about a thousand Fedayeen were waiting for us. And at four in the morning, in the dark, they literally unleashed all their fury. It became essentially a nine-hour ambush, from urban fighting, close quarters. The results of which should have yielded untold casualties and many, many Marines dead. Just because of the sheer volume of fire, we suspected anywhere from a 1,000 to 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades were shot at the lead elements of our convoy. When I got to the palace the next day and began to talk to the Marines, and go and visit them - and we did lose one man - what I saw was not a battalion licking its wounds and overwhelmed with the fight they had just endured. But literally it looked like I'd come upon a group of men who had walked through the Red Sea. Over and over the stories kept coming out to me, and I would realize the debt that I had, to begin to record these 'Chaplain, let me tell you what God did for me; Chaplain, the angels that we have been talking about for weeks, preceding this war, shielded me and protected me.' It was amazing.
ROBERTSON: Did they see the angels or did they just know they were there?
CASH: I didn't talk to any Marines who said they saw an angel. But what they did share was that rocket-propelled grenades would come at them, and literally curve in mid-air and go around them. Untold Marines shared with me that rockets would come and literally dive down as if batted by some unseen hand. We had one rocket go through a Humvee passenger-side window, and explode in the compartment. Without a doubt, it should have killed every man in that vehicle. And yet when the explosion came through, it blew out the front of the windshield, and so it exploded out instead of in, and not a single man was injured. And over and over, the accounts of that day were so tremendous, that I realized I had stumbled upon something amazing.
ROBERTSON: Did your people pray? I've heard of a unit in World War II that recited the 91st Psalm, over and over again. Was there special prayer, special confession of God's presence?
CASH: Absolutely, yes. Psalm 91, which is known as the Soldier's Psalm, became very instrumental in the days leading up to that war, even during the war. Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Be not afraid. Be not dismayed, for I will be with you wherever you go." This became, literally, God's word to us, to remember that we are not going through this alone.
ROBERTSON: It is almost a cliché - there are no atheists in foxholes - what is the faith of those guys? When you go in a battle like that. They wanted to know God. There weren't many of them that were turning away from God?
CASH: No. It is interesting, when I began visiting the men, the last few hours before we crossed the line of departure. They all had their rifles, they had their ammunition, they had all their gear, they had all their training, but in the last moments what all of us needed was something that far transcended anything that training could provide. When I went and visited them, and their eyes met with mine, it was as if we all knew why I was there. We needed to call on God. We were joining a host of warriors, for millennium before battles, who have called out upon the only One who could provide for them and protect them.
ROBERTSON: Amazing stories. Were there others? You mentioned going into Baghdad. Were there other examples of the protection of God that you saw?
CASH: Absolutely. When we crossed in the line of departure, we immediately met a section of Iraqi tanks that we had not suspected would be there. In fact, intelligence had not confirmed or reported their presence. We came across the border, it was in the dark, their turrets were leveled, we were exposed, we were at a point of what is called critical vulnerability, and their main guns never fired on us. They were fully manned by Iraqi soldiers and the company commander told me, after the fight, about that incident. He said, 'Chaplain, if their main guns had fired, all it would have taken is one round to hit one of our armored personnel carriers and 20-30 marines would have been dead in an instant.' And what I recall after hearing that is remembering back to the countless letters I had received from churches across the nations, saying we are praying specifically that when you cross that border, God would restrain and confuse the enemy. And the fact that those tanks didn't fire and that 3,000 enemy soldiers surrendered en masse and in concert, tells me that God answered those prayers of the people back here in the United States.
ROBERTSON: This again is probably redundant, but what is the morale of those troops? It must be tremendous.
CASH: The morale is good. The training is good, their leadership is determined, but if I could say, the thing I am most concerned about is the morale of our people back here and in the churches. I think that the churches prayed for our men during the major hostilities. But we have to remember that now, more than ever, we need to pray for those men. We need to send them letters. It was like life, getting letters on the front line from churches saying we are praying for you. We are praying this psalm for you, we are remembering you daily in our Bible studies. Churches and Christians all across our country need to remember that this war is still ongoing, and they need to send letter and care packages. We need to adopt battalions, like we did during the war, and lift these men up daily to God.
ROBERTSON: It may not be a bad thing to do that right now. I think, ladies and gentlemen, we had the faces of hundreds - thousands, of these men, and we prayed for them every day as the battle was going on. Now you say, hostilities are over, but they are not over. There are Marines being killed every single day over there. I will ask Chaplain Lt. Carey Cash if he'd lead us in prayer. Would you pray for these men and women? We'll join with you all across America.
CASH: Let's pray. Heavenly Father, You promised us that you are a God who is able to deliver us. Lord, so often when the events of our world become dark, we fail to remember that truth. I would pray right now, a special anointing on our men and women in Iraq, who are on the front lines and witnessing death and destruction, and witnessing a world in upheaval, that they would know beyond a shadow of a doubt, as we speak, the awesome power and presence of Almighty God. I pray, oh Lord, that this time would be a time in their life that, if they haven't, they would draw closer to the heart of Jesus Christ. And that you would raise up a nation of prayer warriors to intercede every day on their behalf. To go to the throne room so that we might lift these men up, and they would accomplish their just cause, and they would be protected and shielded, and ultimately that they would know the saving love of their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We commit them unto your care and keeping in Jesus' name, amen.
ROBERTSON: Lieutenant Cash has written a book called "A Table in the Presence." If you want to hear some thrilling stories of how God intervened, how the angels were there to protect these brave men and women going into battle, it is a tremendous experience. Thank you so much for being with us. God bless you.
CASH: Thank you for having me. My pleasure.
Amen and Amen.
IT'S THE SOLDIER
It's the soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the
It's the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of
It's the soldier, not the campus
Who has given us the freedom to
It's the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a
It's the soldier who salutes the flag,
Serves under the flag
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.
-Father D. E. O'Brien
Bold enough to kill the wicked, merciful enough to not delight in it, humble enough to openly kneel in prayer. Thank you God for sending us men such as these.
This is so true. Sometimes it seems that when things have clamed down we get less fervent in our prayers. We need to keep our soldiers "prayed up" for what is to come.
Amen Brother Cash. Amen to every word.
Have you ever heard David Wilkerson's sermon immediately following 9/11?
David saw the whole thing out of his office window. God gave him the message that he poured out his Spirit upon our servicemen during Desert Storm.
But then our nation just went right back into the spirit of Jezebel - abortions, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, pedphelia and all the sins of Sodom.
We will either repent as a nation of perish.
and but believe in him shall have everlasting life.
If ONLY we could fully fathom the complete truth of that. For those that are frustrated that they cannot do more regarding the situation in Iraq, I would recommend prayer. It is truly the most powerful weapon that these soldiers will ever be equipped with.
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