Push the God Button – Spiritual Fitness in the Military

I was walking through  Staples and saw a display of  big red “Easy Buttons” — you know, the ones that when one pushes it, one immediately has everything they need at their fingertips.   I began to think it would be wonderful if that really did happen.  Our every need would be met with a push of a button.

With Veterans Day here, just think of it, our service men and women would remain safe wherever they are and would return home unscarred (both physically and mentally) from the military experience.  They would take their place with their families and in their communities.

Army Chief of Chaplains Douglas Carver says the transition from battlefield to home and community is “one of the hardest things for a veteran to do.”

“They’ve had battle buddies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they come back to their communities almost as a stranger,” Carver continued.

This spurred me on to ask not only, how can we help our troops remain safe? but, how can we help ease the transition when they return home?  This led me to a tried and true friend — prayer.  Everyone, man, woman, and child, has the ability to pray.  The ability to pray is closer than a push of a button.

I have, and many others have, been awakened in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and been led to pray.  It usually turns that someone dear to us has needed help and has received it.

Time and again, we hear stories from our military personnel where they have prayed in a time of crisis and their prayers were immediately answered.  They relate how their prayers not only saved their lives but also the lives of their fellow soldiers. *

At the website www.realwarriors.net, I found an article, Boosting Resilience Through Spirituality, which reiterates the benefits of spiritual fitness.  “Spirituality can help you feel connected to something bigger than yourself and build resilience at the same time. … Whether expressed through prayer, meditation or in other ways, being spiritually ‘fit’ is important to building resilience.”

It continues, “At the heart of it, spirituality can help people find meaning in life.  During difficult times at all stages of military experience, spirituality can help you cope with difficult situations and traumatic events.”

In an article titled, Prayer for Country and Church, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science church, encouraged her members to “remember our brave soldiers, whether in camp or in battle.  Oh, may their love of country, and their faithful service thereof, be unto them life-preservers!”**

A story shared in a biography of Eddy recounts  that during the civil war she had given a young man going to battle a Bible with certain verses marked and asked that he read them every day.  Her last remark to him was, “This will save your life.”

When he returned, he visited her and pulled out the Bible she had given him.  It had saved him – literally – there was a bullet hole in it from a bullet shot at him but stopped by the little book which he carried in his breast pocket.

Today, each of us can pray  for the men and women who serve our country.  I’ve included it in my daily devotions for years.  I pray they be kept out of harm’s way and  not suffer from the after affects of being on the front line.  I pray they return home safe reunited with their families and their communities where they are welcomed with open arms.

For those  service men and women I have never met and may never meet, I am going to push the “God” button — pray for our veterans and for the active soldiers that “their love of country, and their faithful service thereof, be unto them life-preservers!”  Won’t you join me?

Photo by xalamay was uploaded from flickr.com.

* Jan 11, 1947, Christian Science Sentinel, Testimony by Curtis Foster

* July 10, 1954, Christian Science Sentinel, Way to Unfailing Protection, by Howard L. Cheney

* December 1999, Christian Science Journal, God’s Protection in Wartime, by Donald Ray Dull

** Christian Science versus Pantheism, page 14, by Mary Baker Eddy

 

 

 

 

 

 


6 Comments

  1. It is gratifying to see America honor those serving in the armed forces today. They do it without regards to their personal feelings concerning the wars we are fighting. That also is a welcome change from the 60’s and 70’s when many reviled our service men and women because they didn’t agree with the war in Viet Nam. Maybe the change occurred because of no draft, or 9/11, or the prayers of many people. Whatever the reason, it is good to see an attitude far different than previously exhibited. Let’s hope that those that were so unkind before have learned something about supporting America.

    • It seems as though we have learned as we are now learning to cherish our military men and women; to express gratitude for their service. More and more we are learning to take care of them after they return.
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. I know those prayers are effective!
    The military will always attract men and women who want to align and identify themselves with something much larger than themselves. Many good qualities are to be discovered and displayed and exemplified in this setting. I think of Mrs Eddy’s quote from S&H , “God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood…”

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Spirituality certainly played a large part in getting me through my service time!

    • Thank you Steve for your comments. Thank you, too, for your military service. You put it so well, those in the military, “want to align and identify themselves with something much larger than themselves.” love for God and Country, love for fellow man. It takes courage and strength to serve in the military and God does provide both.
      Thank you, Kate

  3. I really enjoyed this blog and am so grateful to have a way to support and protect these precious men and women.

    • Happy Thanksgiving. We can never be thankful enough for all the good God has bestowed on each of us.