As we face the new year with memories of what has happened to our flags, markers and monuments over the past year of 2015, I can only hope that things will just lay off of us. If only those who are attacking our confederate heritage would just understand that we are about heritage, not hate.
With all of this attack on our heritage appearing to be full blown I feel that our only solution is prayer. In the last Chaplain’s Column I talked about this but I want to continue on the subject.
In James 4:2 it says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” I feel that when we do not know what to do, then prayer is the first thing to remember in anything. I believe it is time we spend more time in His word (The Bible) and to pray.
How long could you keep up a friendship with somebody you never communicated with or had any contact with? When communication stops, the friendship eventually expires. It’s the same way in our relationship with God. Prayer is vital to keeping that relationship vibrant and alive.
Prayer allows us to experience the peace of God and it’s essential to understand. Prayer aligns our will with God’s will. Isn’t that how Jesus taught us to pray? “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). To be honest, most of us are more interested in getting our will done in heaven, than in getting God’s will done on earth. But prayer has a way of changing that. It helps us get to the point where we say, “God, whatever You want, that is what I want.” And you’ll discover that the longer you pray, the shorter the distance between your will and God’s will.
I think this year and on, we must be very careful with our responses and come backs to keep negative responses from growing into something we would regret down the road. Others are looking for a mistake from us. When I say others, I mean many groups are just watching for something from us that they can use against us and even try destroy us.Please remember those on our prayer list.
Chaplain Tom Snowden