You’re probably familiar with John 15:13,
which says, “Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." This story includes the enemies...
The U.S. medics set up in a church
to treat all the injured French
When the Germans broke in to seize
To help their wounded, they did not flinch
But, as they were in the house of the Lord
They asked the weapons stay at the door
And hidden snipers who were prepared
To shoot them thought better... because of care
So much that when Normandy was reclaimed
These snipers surrendered peacefully, unashamed
The doctors concern was in preserving lives
And many soldiers and wounded were saved on both sides
"I saw an example of that firsthand recently, in a memorial to World War II soldiers in Normandy, France — which I discussed with Stuart Shepard recently on the CitizenLink Report. It was in the stained-glass window of a church near the scene of some particularly bloody battles, where scores of Americans died while trying to liberate the French people from the occupying German army.
Two U.S. medics had set up an aid station inside the church, but when it was captured by German soldiers, they asked if the medics would work on Germans as well. The Americans said they’d work on anybody, as long as everyone left their weapons at the door. This impressed two German snipers, who were watching, unnoticed, from their hidden position in the church’s belfry. Shortly afterward, the town was recaptured by the Allied forces — and the snipers, whose perspective of the enemy had been changed, peacefully surrendered."