Chaplain Vesely turned to the set reading, Psalm 31. White light was forbidden and he read using a dim green LED. He read the opening verses, wonderfully appropriate, full of images of God’s protection – “I come to you, Lord, for protection…Be my mighty rock and the fortress where I am safe…"
Then they came to verse 4: “Free me from the trap that is set for me and keep me safe.”
"I stopped at those words. I felt the words stir me in my soul. I looked up at the faces of the soldiers who were with me. The dim green light cast a strange glow on them. Their faces were like mine, stunned. God had spoken to us, strongly and plainly. Even in the midst of a strange and hostile land, God was with us, assuring us, protecting us and speaking to us.
"For some of those men, this was their first encounter with the power of the Word of God, the Word with the power to change their lives."