In The Trenches

This is a  powerful True Story coming out of World War 1 of the deep friendship of two soldiers in the trenches.  Two buddies were serving together in the mud and misery of that wretched European stalemate.  Month after month they lived out their lives in the trenches, in the cold and the mud, under fire and under orders.

From time to time one side or another would rise up out of the trenches, fling their bodies against the opposing line and slink back to lick their wounds, bury their dead, and wait to do it all over again.  In the process, friendships were forged in the misery.  Two soldiers became particularly close.  Day after day, night after night, terror after terror, they talked of life, of families, of hopes, of what they would do when (and if ) they returned from this horror.

On one more fruitless charge, “Jim” fell, severely wounded.  His friend, “Bill”, made it back to the relative safety of the trenches.  Meanwhile Jim lay suffering beneath the night flares.  Between the trenches.  Alone.  The shelling continued.  The danger was at its peak.  Between the trenches was no place to be.  Still, Bill wished to reach his friend, to comfort him, to offer what encouragement only friends can offer.  The officer in charge refused to let Bill leave the trench.  It was simply too dangerous.  As he turned his back, however, Bill went over the top.  Ignoring the smell of cordite in the air, the concussion of incoming rounds, and the pounding in his chest, Bill made it to Jim.

Sometime later he managed to get Jim back to the safety of the trenches.  Too late.  His friend was gone.  The somewhat self-righteous officer, seeing Jim’s body, cynically asked Bill if it had been “worth the risk.”  Bill’s response was without hesitation.  “Yes, sir, it was”, he said.  “My friend’s last words made it more than worth it:  he looked up at me and said, ‘I knew you’d come’.”

By Stu Weber, from Locking Arms.

Romans 5:7-8  Not very often will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man maybe  someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own Love for us in this when we were still sinners, Christ Jesus died for us.

About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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13 Responses to In The Trenches

  1. gpcox says:

    “I knew you’d come…” What an end to a story, it shows dramatically in those 4 words the bonds that made them a team and brothers.


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  3. Yes, I have read it before, but another one that bears repeating over and over, and carries a challenge with every reading.

    Thankfully, our Lord’s Word cannot be broken and we should also be people who are known for keeping their word.


    • Freedomborn says:

      Once again Angela, your wise counsel is very much respected and appreciated, we do indeed need to be people of our word but then still have patience with those who are struggling with their faith. For those who are proud and arrogant and I find this is what they accuse us of, God tells us we are to correct, rebuke and warn them, as teachers they can do a lot of damage and cause others to be deceived as they are deceived, we must always seek Jesus our only Teacher, not man if they are trusting in their own or someone else’s wisdom, reasoning and logic etc and we can tell they are because what they claim is not confirmed in the Scriptures or it is only half Truth.

      Thank you again Angela – Christian Love Anne.


  4. Ron says:

    Good one Anne, I`ve read that story before and it`s always impressed on me , the value of knowing that you can be trusted , that when you give your word it really means something. Being a friend of God spells that out hundred times more so.



    • Freedomborn says:

      So very True Ron and even more so when we are totaly commited to each other this shows our commitment to the Lord and that is the same as our faithfulness, respect and Loyalty, all these are about our Love for Him which is then shown in our Love for each other.

      Christian Love Anne.


  5. What comfort in knowing Our Lord will come for us one day!
    Glory be to God!

    A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥


  6. fgassette says:

    And we praise and celebrate Him because of it.



    • Freedomborn says:

      Yes we do indeed Francine my dear friend and I thank Him for our blogging friendship too, He assures us we don’t travel alone and if for a time we have to, He is our Best Friend and sticks close by us.

      Christian Love Anne


  7. Lady Deidre says:

    Wow, what an awe inspiring story. Brought tears to my eyes.
    Hope you &; Ron are well. God Bless you both!


    • Freedomborn says:

      Yes I agree Dei, it is a wonderful story, we do indeed need the Love and support of our friends through the good and bad, God created us that way and even though Adam and Him were in close fellowship, He still said it was not good for Adam to be without human companionship and in the Body of Christ we are complete in Him and in each other.

      If you ever need me to go over the line for you be assured I will be there for you as I know you would be for me…..oh yes I forgot except for little critters, as long as there are no spiders around 😀

      Christian Love Annie


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