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D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"What Would Yours Look Like?"

images_01We all know the Washington Monument. It is located in Washington D.C. It was built in 1848, and stands over 550 feet tall. For that time in our America, that building project was quite an undertaking, but the people of America wanted to build it as a way of honoring George Washington for his great service to our nation - he was willing to stand up for our country during a very dark and dangerous time, and he played a great part in our successful fight to achieve our own free nation.

By the way, did you know that when America went to war with England in 1776, only about 16% of all able-bodied men fought for the colonies? There were all of these men, but so many did not fight - why was that? Because so many people were not willing to really stand up for America.

As you know, I spend a lot of time talking about the great sacrifice of our war veterans and those presently serving in our military, and we want to always take the time to give great honor and respect to those who have given us, are giving us, our freedom. But, having said that let me say this - honor and sacrifice are not limited just to our military. It is the job of all Americans to act honorably as citizens and to be ready to sacrifice for the betterment of our nation. Simply said, we are a nation, America, "one nation under God", but we are also individuals with individual responsibilities, and each of us must carry our own share of the weight in our nation if we are to succeed as a nation.
    

Isn't that where we are today as a nation of people? So many Americans are more interested in talking down our America, while what our nation really needs so desperately today is for us as American citizens to stand up!
   

It was patriot Edmund Burke who said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing”. But, you say, “What can I do, I’m just one person?” One other powerful Edmund Burke quote says this, “No one can make a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he can only do a little”.
   

When the Washington Monument was built all the way back then, the builders decided that the structure would be in the form of a pillar. You say, "Why did they choose to make the Washington Monument a pillar? The answer? Because a pillar is the best representation of George Washington as a person - it is a reflection of his character - in tough and difficult times George Washington stood firm like a pillar.
   

But the bigger question today which must be asked is this: If a monument was built to honor you, to represent who you are as a person what would that monument look like? Yeah, just what would it look like? Sadly, many of us would have to admit that if our own monument was built to represent our own character, what we had accomplished in our lves, it might not look like very much at all. Wow, that's a sobering thought.

But the good news is this - there's still time, we still have the opportunity now to stand up, to pledge our allegiance - not just with our words, but more importantly with our actions. And just where do we find the strength to be a pillar? The same place George Washington did - Almighty God; God was George Washington's strength. 
   

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, "If you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it". Let us not be so quick to look for the bad in our nation and our people, but instead to look for the good - but not with a blind eye. As we look for the good in America, let us be part of that good by standing up for what is right, seeking out justice and truth, and being honorable.

MayGod bless you.