God and the Spider

Tribute by Mark Phillips

In Memory of Sgt. Jerry Wayne Jeffries

 

 

 

 

 


During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.


 

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

 

 

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

 

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one."

 

Then, he saw a spider had begun to weave a large web over the front of his cave.

 

 

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider quickly layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

 

"Hah," he thought, "What I need is a brick wall, and the Lord sent me a spider web. God really does have a sense of humor."

 

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

 

 

 

"Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that – in You a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

 

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget how God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. Remember that with God, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection.

 

"Thank you, Mark, for this truly inspirational tribute!"
Mom Jeffries and family

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Of all the gifts we could give a US Soldier, prayer is the very best one.
"Lord, we pray that you send your brick wall of safety for our troops every day!  Hold each US Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman in your loving hands as they fight to protect us and others. Bless them, and bless their families, for the selfless acts they perform for us and our country."
Amen

 

 

 


Everyday I need You, Lord,
But this day especially,
I need some extra strength,
To face whatever is to be.

This day more than any day,
I need to feel You near,
To fortify my courage,
And to overcome my fear.

By myself, I cannot meet
The challenge of the hour,
There are times when humans help,
But we need a higher power,

To help us bear what must be borne,
And so, dear Lord, I pray,
Hold on to my trembling hand,
And be near me today.

- Unknown -

 




"He Will Carry You"
- artist unknown -

 

 





 

"Poor is the nation
that has no heroes . . .
Shameful is the one that,
having them ... forgets."

- Unknown -

 

 


 

 

 

Life is changed, not taken away.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

 

 


 
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