“They’ve seen it with their eyes”

A Soldier’s Lent

Michael Lewis (tagline: “Preacher, Soldier … and out of a job when Jesus comes“):

Soldiers who have seen combat have no problem remembering their mortality. They’ve seen it with their eyes, touched it with their hands and inhaled it into their nostrils. For those in a combat zone, every day is Ash Wednesday; the dirt on their faces is real and not a ceremonial embellishment.