He Took My Place

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  Peter J. Dahlberg
  
     World War II was raging, and we were pressing more deeply into enemy territory.  As an infantry replacement, I had been assigned a partner who carried a 12-pound Browning automatic rifle.  I was to help carry his ammunition and my own M1 rife and gear.  Soon my new partner and I became close friends.

     Our 78th Infantry Division was assigned to capture a dam.  It controlled a large area that would be devastated by floods should the enemy demolish it.

     Early one morning we were on a wooded hillside.  A strange quietness prevailed as dawn broke.  Our first assignment was to dig a foxhole.  The ground was hard and rocky, so the digging was slow.

     “I’ll spell you off for a while,” my partner offered.  I willingly changed place.  He sat down in the exact position where I had been and began to dig.

     I turned and walked up the hillside some 50 feet, when, without warning, an exploding shell shattered the morning stillness.  After a few moments all was quiet again.  I called to my friend—who still sat with his shovel in his hands.  There was no response, so I hurried to his side.  He was dead.  A large piece of shrapnel had pierced his steel helmet, and he had been killed instantly.

     He took my place.  His life was gone; mine was spared.  I can never forget my friend—he died for me.

     Remembering my friend, I think of an even greater sacrifice.  His death has given me the opportunity to escape eternal death.  It took place on a hill called Calvary.  There another young man died, not on a foreign field, but on a cruel cross in His homeland. Jesus died so I might live forever.  I have assurance of eternal life, because I received Jesus Christ into my heart by faith and accepted His free gift of salvation.  Will you trust Him today?