Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 11, 2015

November 11, 2015 “The Knapsack”

“As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Romans 8:36)

Good Morning Everyone…and a special Good Morning and Thank You to all our Veterans!

As I prepare these daily postings, I’ll often begin by reading an inspirational quote or anecdote along with reflecting upon a particular passage. This morning, I came across a posting that tells the story of a brave soldier killed in battle in the World War I and what his family learned of his faith from a Bible he carried with him in his knapsack. I found this account to be quite moving, and would like to share it with you today. I do not know the name of the author of the post, but believe that he or she would not object to my sharing it with you:

“Many years ago, a paramedic in Scotland showed me a soldier’s knapsack Bible. It belonged to his uncle, who had been killed in World War I. The Bible, along with his other possessions, had been returned to his grieving family. As they looked through the Bible, they discovered these words from Romans were underlined in pencil: “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” They seemed to describe the young man’s horrifying experiences of trench warfare.

Alec, the paramedic, felt as though his young uncle was speaking to him beyond the grave, letting him know that his death at the Somme was a sacrifice for the freedom of the people back home. But his message didn’t end there. Verses 38 to 39 were double underlined, revealing the young soldier’s faith, which death could not diminish nor destroy.

Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

In the midst of all our carefree leisure, happy pursuits, and personal freedom, does our faith match up to that of the young soldier?”

This is me again. This is quite a thought-provoking question as we mark the celebration of Veterans’ Day. This fallen warrior who made the ultimate sacrifice thousands of miles from home died with the blessed assurance that even death itself could not separate him from the love of his Lord and his God. Do you have that kind of faith…faith that will see you through any hardship…any challenge…any circumstance that you may encounter on your life’s journey? His was grounded in the blessed assurance he found in a relationship with the Lord, and affirmed in the Word he carried with him even into the battle fray. Stand strong. Be courageous and brave, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Let’s pray!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, nothing can ever separate us from You, but sometimes we take that for granted. Remind us of Your sacrifice, Your loss, Your passion that has given us this wonderful opportunity to live beyond death, to hope above adversity, to have faith in the face of danger and trouble. In Your holy name we pray. Amen.

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