Boy, what a great town to welcome a great hero:
Basically, the ENTIRE TOWN came to welcome Taylor Morris home.
Taylor Morris received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his heroism as an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) technician. He was seriously wounded with traumatic amputations of both legs and most of most of both arms in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
The horror of war:
Is overcome by the beauty of the human spirit.
It’s hard to imagine the aftermath of being literally blown apart like that. You can easily imagine a hopeless, bitter, angry young man lying alone in some dingy apartment slowly drinking himself to death. But Taylor Morris is a bright, shining example that we don’t have to be destroyed by our tragedies, whatever those tragedies are.
Here’s the thing that got my tears flowing: that pretty little girlfriend of his (soon to be his wife, I heard) helped him with and through his rehabilitation. That gal literally CARRIED him on her back upstairs before he was ready for his new legs:
I don’t say this to make light of Taylor’s obviously incredibly serious wounds; I say it to draw attention to his incredible girlfriend Danielle Kelly: it’s got to be a real lift – in every sense of the word – to be carried around by the woman who loves you the way Danielle has demonstrated she loves Taylor.
There’s that expression, “I’ve got your back” that communicates complete support. In this case, Danielle took it to the next level: she said to her man, “You’ve got MY back” as she literally carried him.
With a woman like that, we can literally look Taylor in the eye – wounds and disabilities and all – and tell him honestly, “Dude, you’re a lucky man.”
I wasn’t able to document that either of these two are Christians, but Danielle’s love-in-action for Taylor was a beautiful illustration of a truly beautiful poem about the kind of love Jesus Christ shows for us when we’re struggling:
I saw the above picture of Danielle carrying Taylor on a beach and realized there were only one set of footprints. And what a beautiful picture!
Here’s a picture of Taylor and Danielle dancing:
May God in all of His abundance bless them BOTH. I literally couldn’t tell you which one of these heroes is the greater hero.
They say you can’t keep a good man down. In this case that’s literally true because of a good woman.
Thank God for men like Taylor Morris. And thank God for women like Danielle Kelly.
Just thank God.
God bless our warriors who volunteer to go to dangerous places where they will face hardship and deprivation to risk their lives and limbs for America; and God bless the people – the wives and husbands, the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters and family members, the friends – who stand by their warriors through anything and everything.