First Sergeant Snyder
First Sergeant Snyder
Stephen A. Peterson
Lew Snyder, an Army First Sergeant, a twenty-eight year soldier and battle experienced soldier, always seemed to be at peace with his superiors, subordinate soldiers and with himself. Everyone that knew him were amazed because he never reflected violent behaviors though he was a participant in three wars (conflicts) and seriously injured in one of them. If discipline was necessary, First Sergeant Snyder was said to be fair and firm when it came to the application of military law, rules and regulations. When asked how he managed to exercise such personal control of his emotions and behavior, First Sergeant Snyder, calmly stated: “I firmly believe it’s because every night before I retire, I become a little child.”
“WHAT?” replied the First Sergeant’s Platoon Sergeant. The First Sergeant’s response was unexpected for he was 48 years old and displayed moments of a typical Army First Sergeant.
“Well, at the end of my day, I come in the presence of my Heavenly Father and give Him every single problem I have for any given day. I mean every single problem. And he handles them removing them as a burden to me the next day. If ever I feel miserable about anything I’ve done, He forgives me of my sins and tells me that everything is okay and taken care of. And if I have anything that is seriously bothering me, I tell Him and He hold me close and comforts me. Afterwards, I have a deep sense of peace that comes over me because I know that everything is okay. I don’t feel it. I know it!”
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