"The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his
people with peace. Psalms 29:11"
A bible is stuffed with prayers and notes and clippings that encourage me. One clipping quotes a letter from a Civil War officer to his beloved wife. He desperately hoped that he would return to her and their sons unharmed. But, "If I do not, my dear Sarah, when my last breath escapes me it will whisper your name. I shall always be near you, in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights. And if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath. Do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again." The soldier, Major Sullivan Ballou, was killed in the Battle of Bull Run seven days after writing the letter....
Around the world, night and day, those in the armed forces stand watch for us. Oh, blessed Lord, be their strength, their courage, their protector and their shield. For those who have endured, who still serve in hospitals and on the battlefield of their own daily lives, be their peace, their comfort and their hope.
By Fay Angus