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What once was lost, now is found…

I have worn a POW/MIA bracelet every April for the last three years for SPC Keith Matt Maupin, who disappeared in Iraq on the 9th of April, 2004. This morning, I took it out of its honored place on my nightstand and put it on. When I sat down to read my morning news, I discovered that SPC, now SSG Maupin, after almost four years missing, had been found.

As I said in a sermon on Memorial Day in 2005, I knew and I’m sure his family knew in their hearts that he had been killed. But without knowing for certain, it was still possible generic sumatriptan nasal spray that he was being held, still possible that he was being tortured. Now, as his father said “I know that they can’t hurt him anymore.”

My heart goes out, as it has each April, to the Maupin family. Though his remains have now been found, I am going to continue my tradition of wearing his POW/MIA bracelet each April, and begin my day thinking of his memory, and of all of those young men and women who like him, have lost their lives in the service of this country.

Click here to read an article on the discovery of his remains.

Yours in Faith,


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