In the grainy old film clip a reporter was asking a fresh faced young soldier what he was thinking about just before he jumped from the aircraft during the Normandy invasion. He replied as I expected, “I was praying”. It was the words of his prayer that were unexpected.
What would you pray? I know I would be begging God to spare my life, to send me home safe and sound, to spare the lives of my fellow soldiers.
This young man, who should have been in his freshman year at college, told the reporter he prayed “God, give me courage”. Over and over again he sent up the request for courage.