Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
As I said, guys, there is nothing WRONG with reciting a prayer, but there ARE dangers involved in the habit.
For my part, it just doesn't feel right to speak to God that way.
It is sort of like taking my wifes hand, looking deeply into her eyes, then repeating the words that Elvis sang in "Loving You." Every word would be TRUE, but it just does not FEEL right to me.
For today - it is another SPECIAL day!
President Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation on January 1st of 1863. Several states ignored it, and the civil war continued until General Lee surrendered in April of 1865. On June 19th of 1865, union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the war was over and all slaves were now free. The celebration that resulted became known as Juneteenth, and this day continues to be observed as the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
The emphasis of this day is education and self improvement, and the activities include baseball, rodeos, fishing, and other fun activities. Prayer services are a vital part of the celebration, and the focal point of all activities is the Barbecue pit, where traditional dishes are prepared and enjoyed.
It is a sad commentary on our nation that this day is celebrated almost exclusively by the black community. It is a further condemnation of us that when I type “juneteenth”, my word processor gives me a spelling error notice because it is not even in the standard dictionary!
How do we relate to this day in the 21st century when none of us have experienced slavery?
Are you saved? If you are, do you remember that overwhelming feeling of being FREE which washed over you when you accepted Christ as Lord of your life?
Christ explained the reason we have this feeling:
John 8:31-36 (KJV);
. . “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
We can, each one of us, honestly repeat the words Dr. Martin Luther King used in his “I have a dream” speech: Free at last, free at last – Thank God almighty, we are free at last!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.