Navy Seal Michael A. Monsoor was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor yesterday, our nation’s highest award. Monsoor and his SEAL team were providing cover for another team from a roof top perch in Ramadi.

Suddenly, a grenade bounced off his chest and landed at his feet. Seeing that his SEAL teammates had no safe exit from the grenade blast (he did), Monsoor dropped on top of the grenade and shielded the blast. It exploded, killing Monsoor, but leaving his fellow SEAL with only shrapnel wounds. Michael was 25. Read about the CMH ceremony here.

This takes me back to our weekend discussion of the vocation of a soldier, and whether or not, a Christian can faithfully execute that vocation. Without a doubt, Mr. Monsoor knew the answer to that question and lived it. His brother described it this way: “Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, “You will not take my brothers, I will go in their stead.” R.I.P., Michael Monsoor.