It was the 1950s and the Korean War was raging. Small group Bible studies met in homes and many prayers were said for beloved soldiers. But this evening was different. The Moores arrived and began to share a letter from their son, Gibby. He said he did not want to tell them he had volunteered for a dangerous mission that had to be done. He knew that someone from his troop would be assigned. He shared that he had volunteered because he knew that if he were hit and killed, he also knew he would go to Heaven.
Yes, he was hit in the chest and it might have been a deadly wound but this was a young Christian man who boldly carried a Gideon New Testament in his breast pocket. The bullet lodged there. Some said, I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
The 1950s was not an easy time; there were no emails, no video conferencing, no long-distance phone calls but more prayers were said. As we remember those days, we must also remember to continue to pray for God’s protection for our service men and their families today who deal with the physical wounds seen and the emotional wounds unseen.
St. Louis, MO