november 1, 2013

 

On November 1, 1945 the British intelligence service proclaimed that evidence indicated Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, had committed suicide the previous April 30, answering lingering questions related to victory in Europe. That same day in the U.S. House of Representatives Chaplain James S. Montgomery offered the Congressional daily prayer which included the following petition on behalf of the nation:

“In these moving days, we commend to Thee our country, our President, our Speaker, and the Congress; in all our various duties and spheres of service, grant that our motives may be one. As we face the stark responsibility of victory, grant that whatever we do may be in utter conformity to Thy will and to the blessed ideals of a Republic with is the inspiration of liberty-loving people in all the earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

In the midst of declaring victory, the nation was reminded that victory should move us to responsibility and conformity to God’s will. As Americans we experience freedoms of which others can never dream. But have we utilized our freedom to bolster our responsibility, both as individuals and as a nation? Are we utilizing our liberty to gratify our selfish desires or to follow God’s calling in our chosen professions?

Peter Parker was told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We have been given tremendous opportunities (power) thanks to the heroic efforts of those who fought years ago and those who serve even today.

May the “stark responsibility of victory” compel each of us to lead lives of civility, integrity, stewardship, respect, and service. In the midst of freedom may we demonstrate our surrender to Jesus, the giver of eternal victory. May Chaplain Montgomery’s prayer still echo from our lips today.

“’Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”(Zechariah 4:6)

Grace and peace from our Lord be yours,

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance