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In the unfolding deadly drama of September 11th, and since, many people have felt their faith greatly tested. United Methodist Army Chaplain, Terry Bradfield, is trained to offer prayer and guidance on a battlefield - not in an office building. But last September, he found himself working with the mortuary teams at the Pentagon. Here are some of his reflections of the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 
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UNITED METHODIST CHAPLAIN TERRY BRADFIELD HAS WORKED IN THE PENTAGON FOR SEVEN YEARS, BUT SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER, HE IS A DIFFERENT MAN.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Bradfield, U.S. Army: “I've always been kind of a jovial sort of guy. There’s a part of me now that’s connected with what happened on that day in a way that I can’t shake. You can’t just shake off the memory of those with whom you’ve worked and lived.”

WHEN TERRORISTS CRASHED A PLANE INTO THE PENTAGON, BRADFIELD WAS CALLED INTO ACTION.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Bradfield: “Four of us chaplains were on the mortuary team.”

THEY WORKED ‘ROUND-THE-CLOCK IN A SPONTANEOUS RESPONSE TO AN UNREAL SITUATION.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Bradfield: “The chaplains who were at the building entrance would have prayers. Then those remains would be brought out of the building and I would have a prayer over the remains at that time, and then we would send the van on to the actual mortuary site. The primary thing was to maintain a chain of dignity with those remains. We wanted to make sure that the families could sense that there was respect in the handling of the remains of their loved ones.”

THE SITE BECAME SACRED … A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SEEK ANSWERS.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Bradfield: “‘Where is God?’ wasn’t the question; they knew God was there. It was, ‘Will God take vengeance on these evil people?’”

AS FOR THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 …

Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Bradfield: “I would just like to mark it quietly, remember it as a day that was unique in not just the life of the country, but in my own life. The nature of resurrection is more real to me now than it ever has been before. I’ve seen a community come back to life.”

LIKE THE NEW WALLS OF THE PENTAGON, BRADFIELD IS TRYING TO REBUILD, AND MOVE ON.