Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I heard a story a few years ago that I will never forget, and if I may, I would like to share it with those of you that may not have heard it.
There was a young man that had recently moved into a new town and though he was tired of moving furniture when Sunday came his mind was on Church. So he arose early, and having nothing else to wear, put on his best blue jeans and T-shirt then he took off walking to find a service to attend.
He had walked for some time but finally found a very stately well kept Church at the edge of town. He could already here the pastor speaking but he walked in quietly and peered around at the inside and saw a completely full gallery of people all dressed in expensive suits and beautiful dresses. In an instant every eye was on him. He felt very out of place but his desire for a Sunday sermon was stronger than his fear. As he slowly walked up the center isle looking left and right for an empty spot to sit, he could feel the stares from the well dressed mature congregation and he heard whispers, no doubt remarking about his modest attire.
When he reached the front pews and still found no empty seat, he stood for a moment and then to everyone’s surprise he sat down in the center isle, right in the floor. Well he heard a collective gasp, and immediately two Deacons started up front towards the young man. Halfway up they were met by a third Deacon, a giant man, that everyone new as Ben who whispered in a rough voice “I’ll handle this” and waved the others off. The entire room got quiet, waiting for Deacon Ben to “handle it.” As he reached where the young man was sitting he leaned down and placed one large hand on the young man’s shoulder and whispered something to him. The man looked up and nodded yes. Then to everyone’s amazement Deacon Ben sat down next to the young man, in the floor. The Pastor was quiet for a few more moments and then spoke.
“Well I’m at a loss. I had an hour long sermon prepared that none of you would remember tomorrow, and now we have witnessed a sermon that none of us will ever forget.”
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."