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AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE
"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
SOURCE St. Francis of Assisi
THE ENEMY IS REAL
I am learning some things about the FIRST WORLD WAR. Things like it was a TRENCH WAR in which both sides just looked at each other from trenches for most of the war. Often they did not see one another as enemies. The French would not fire on the Germans when they saw their fires from their cooking for meals. "It is common courtesy not to bother them while they are eating." The Germans talk about how a French soldier would smell their dinner and ask if he could join them. Night after night during dinner he would come over and sit and eat and then go back to his trench.
The Generals spoke of the greatest problem in the war was a LIVE AND LET LIVE attitude on both sides. They would rather relax, enjoy the weather, read books in the high grass than to fight with one another. ANYBODY KNOW THERE IS A WAR GOING ON?
AMERICA: Things like it wasnít the fact that the Germans were attacking England and France that made us willing to fight in that war. In fact when the war started thousands of German-Americans went to join the German side.
America was in an economic boom and didnít want to worry about an overseas war. We also werenít willing to join the war when the Germans sank the Ocean Liner the Lusitania killing many Americans. And we werenít even willing to go when German agents came and bombed steel mills in America to try to keep up from producing things for the other side. We decided to get into the war when we intercepted communication from Germany to Mexico which was trying to get Mexico to join against us by attacking our southern border and taking back the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. We finally accepted our enemy was real.
A CHAPLAINíS PRAYER FOR OUR SOLDIERS
"Lord our God, provide wisdom, insight and clear vision of Your will, for all our senior military and political leaders, the President, his Cabinet, the Secretary of Defense, the Service Secretaries and the flag and SES level personnel under their direction. Provide protection, mercy and care for all deployed service members, DOD civilians and their extended families worldwide. I pray for their safety, and that they might know of Your eternal love, mercy and forgiveness. Provide Your leading, oh Lord our God, to each employee of the Pentagon, both military and civilian, that we might provide our best in service to our Nation, our family and community. Protect and sustain us during this day that, in each mission we perform, we might know of Your unfailing grace. Empower me this day, that I will value each personís contributions, create a supportive work environment, foster mutual trust and respect in the work place, and seek Your direction for my own spiritual and professional growth."
--From the Chief Chaplainís Office at the Pentagon
SOURCE: Presidential Prayer Team Update for March 27, 2003
PRAYER OF A YOUNG CHILD
"Bless my mommy and daddy...and dear God, take good care of Yourself.
If anything happens to You, weíre sunk."
We make war that we may live in peace.
"A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war."
War is Gods way of teaching Americans geography.
WATCHMEN ON THE WALLS OF FREEDOM
"We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men."
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
In war there is no prize for the runner-up.