by Stephen Whitney

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Believing Not Seeing (3 of 10)
Series: Incredible Moments with Christ
Stephen Whitney
John 4:46-53

In October 2004, 20-year-old Alexander Arredondo was killed in the fighting in Najaf, Iraq. When three Marines approached his
parents house in Hollywood, Florida his father Carlos knew what
that they were going to say - his son was dead.

When he was told of his son's death, Carlos walked into the garage, picked up a propane tank, a can of gasoline and a lighter.
He walked out to the van which the Marines had come in smashed the van's window, got inside and set it on fire despite attempts by the Maries to stop him.

They pulled the 44 year old Carlos from the burning vehicle and extinguished the flames which were burning his clothes. None of the Marines who are members of the military Casualty Assistance Team were injured but their van was destroyed.

One of the Marine officers said, "The father was in disbelief, same as any of us would be after hearing this kind of news. But then the father basically loses it. You can only imagine what this father was going through. He snapped, to say the least."

Carlos was taken to the hospital and later transferred to a burn unit, where he was in serious condition with severe burns to his arms and legs, but was expected to recover.

Carlos was an immigrant from Costa Rica and was proud of his son serving in the Marines though he wished his service would have been during a more peaceful time. The Marines said they
were not sure if they would file any charges against Carlos
because of the circumstances.

His wife who had rushed home when she heard the news about what happened said, "This is his scream that his child is dead."

Carlos snapped because his son was dead. The pain of losing his child was more than he could emotionally bear. Children are precious because they have been given as gifts by God and can't
be replaced like the other things we have in our lives.

There is nothing which ...

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