I had discussion with a group of students recently who received the following question: What is the worst kind of hate? One responded: “The hate you have for others because the venom only destroys yourself.”
Next, another student stated: “The hate you have for yourself. How can you possibly love somebody else if you don’t love yourself first?”
I learned the only way to love yourself is to first know that you are loved unconditionally by God.
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* Video & photo below not part of Tim’s original message. Added to include our community. All men are created equal.
In memoriam and prayer
Like many other Americans, I will spend part of the Memorial Day weekend remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces, and praying for those currently serving.
I am reminded of the beautiful words President Abraham Lincoln delivered on the Gettysburg battlefield over 150 years ago. He stated in part, “…in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”
Our duty today, as Americans, is not only to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for freedom, but also to pray for the safety and health of those who serve and have served this nation on today’s battlefields.
David’s Psalm 91 has been known for thousands of years as a psalm of protection. I have often prayed this psalm for those facing life-threatening difficulties, including those serving our nation. It begins, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Christian author Peggy Joyce Ruth wrote of this psalm, “It is powerful, and it works simply because it is the Word of God, alive and active.”
Ruth’s book, Psalm 91: Real-life stories of God’s Shield of Protection, gives concrete evidence of this. She writes, “C.B. Morelock, a war correspondent in World War II, reported an unexplainable and miraculous occurrence: sixty German aircraft strafed more than four hundred men who were pinned down on the sandy Dunkirk beaches without the benefit of any place to take cover. Although the men were repeatedly attacked by machine guns and bombed by enemy aircraft, not one single man was hit. Every man in that group left the beach without a scratch. Morlock stated, “I have been personally told by Navy men who picked up those particular survivors from Dunkirk that the men not only recited Psalm 91, but they shouted it aloud at the top of their lungs!’” (p. 13)
Although there are many ways to pray, the prayer of acknowledging God’s ever-available presence and power – so striking and vivid in Psalm 91 – alleviates fear, worry and stress. But it also does more. It also brings into play God’s complete loving care for man, which could be called God’s law of protection, to those proclaiming it.
Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy found that this acknowledgement of God’s presence and power were vital to effective prayer, not only as protection during violent situations, but also for the healing of disease through prayer. She wrote about her healing success, “Certain self-proved propositions pour into my waiting thought in connection with these experiences; and here is one such conviction: that an acknowledgment of the perfection of the infinite Unseen confers a power nothing else can” (Unity of Good, p. 7).
Lincoln was correct. It is up to us to remember the sacrifice of those who served our country so faithfully. But we can also follow the advice of King David, Peggy Joyce Ruth and Mary Baker Eddy to acknowledge God’s love for those who are serving, have served, and especially for those lost in battle. No one is lost to God. Nothing can dispossess anyone from being “under the shadow of the Almighty,” not even death. This fact makes Memorial Day sacred, comforting, and even empowering, for everyone.
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http://www.newnownext.com/two-men-found-love-during-war-in-the-new-documentary-out-of-iraq/05/2016/ – link provided by ItGetsBetter.org