Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
The following is a story of an imagined participant in the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle was a turning point for the United States, and the hopes and dreams of those involved are landmarks to the heart and soul of our nation. In anticipation of our annual Gettysburg battlefield training, TJC authors have taken creative liberty to generate some of those hopes, informed by history, that resonate through generations to our present time. Our hope is that it ministers to your spirit.
I have no doubt that the news of the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg has reached you along with this letter. I know you and the whole congregation are praying for me and are proud of what I’m doing with the United States Christian Commission, but today something happened. I’m not sure I can go on. I saw ten thousand boys mowed down. Some fell like grass. Some stumbled and fell. I saw some of our boys crying as they reloaded and fired, reloaded and fired. So, I waited and went out there to see what I could do. There was one boy with his guts hanging out, crying. When I tried to pray with him he spit up blood. I was laying there crying and he was crying and we prayed for hope and salvation in Jesus Christ. He died, Dad. I don’t know if I can do this anymore. Please don’t share this letter with Mother.
I have received your letter of July 3, 1863 and shared it with the church elders. Son, the Lord said to Joshuah “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. Son, I know it’s hard but there’s something you have to know. That man who you prayed with…..He LIVED! Don’t you ever give up. You keep finding souls and doing the Lord’s work. That man lived and is eating the bread of life. Be strong and courageous son, because one day you will see the work you have done.
DAILY BATTLE ORDER: Where have you lost faith in your life? Is there a place where the darkness seems too great? Pray into that place. Close your eyes and return your will to Jesus Christ. Say “Thy will be done” and put one foot in front of the other!
SIGN UP FOR GETTYSBURG: Calling all Kingdom Men! The Joshua Commission will hold its annual Gettysburg Battlefield training 15-16 October or meet us on the battlefield on 16 October at 0830
Click the link above to sign up. Please join us in Gettysburg, experience genuine fellowship with Christian men, and equip yourself for Victory as a prince and warrior in God’s kingdom!