The young woman went to her mother for guidance in what she should request. Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. She asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod was sorry when he heard this. But because of his oath, and because of his dinner guests, Herod ordered the beheading of John.

When John’s disciples learned of his death, they took his body and laid it in a tomb. Then they went and told Jesus, who departed with his disciples to a deserted place. Jesus was hurt and devastated to see His cousin’s headless body. So much so He stopped ministering to refresh and regroup. Often we (Christians) feel like we must press forward in the midst of pain and stress, but we should follow Jesus example and find a quiet place to regroup.

You don’t have to be a GI to suffer from PTSD, I have seen a lot of Traumatic things in my lifetime. I served in Somalia and Operation Desert Storm; I moved dead bodies from C-5 Aircraft that came from Guyana, when Jim Jones made people drink poison. I saw a young Honduran shot in the head with an Uzi machine gun while deployed to San Pedro, Honduras. I was held at gunpoint on an airfield in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is a miracle I am not traumatized even worse than I have been. I think the thing that has sustained me over the years is my honest relationship with God. I don’t try to act like Superman, even though I am a Black Belt and an expert marksman, I cry when I need to. I will talk to Pastors and yes even Psychiatrist if needed. We must be honest with God AND ourselves.

Chaplain Mark H. Stevens, Th.D. CPR