This letter is in reference to an article that appeared in the religion section on Nov. 28.
To be honest, I cried and prayed out loud as I read about the "shields of strength" that many of our soldiers in Iraq are wearing.
For those of you who aren't aware, they are wearing 1-by-2 inch shields with their dog tags. On one side is the American flag and on the other the scripture Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you be strong and of good courage do not be afraid nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (The translation is a little different on the shields.)
One reason the article moved me so much is because I also wear the "shield of strength." When our first grandchild was born over a year ago in Maui, I went to help my daughter and son-in-law. Well, I caught a little Hawaiian Island fever and got my first tattoo! Now I know a lot of you do not agree with tattoos, and I used to be right there with you. But somehow and I believe even more after reading about the soldiers God put it into my head to have the scripture "Joshua 1:9" tattoed on the inside of my right wrist. Being a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, I don't believe in coincidence or luck at all. To me having the "shield of strength" long before the war even began was meant to be.
The Plumeria flower above it reminds me of Elijah's birth and to pray for the Hawaiian Islands, and Joshua is also the name of our nephew, Joshua Main, who is serving in the U.S. Army in Mosul, Iraq, right now.
Having this scripture on my arm reminds me minute by minute to pray for our troops from our commander in chief, who also has the "shield of strength" in his possession, to the youngest soldier serving in the U.S. military.
I personally do not believe things are going to get easier for our soldiers. They are helping to fulfill Bible prophesy by rebuilding "Old Babylon" (Iraq).
We are told in scripture to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but there will not be true peace until Jesus Christ comes back to restore it himself. Right now we have it so good here, freedom, food, shelter, peace on our homeland. But something in my spirit is telling me this isn't going to last must longer. We need to prepare for some very difficult times ahead. One of the main things we need to do is get ourselves ready spiritually. Prayer is number one. Memorizing scripture that gives you strength and comfort is another.
We are the generation that will see the return of the Lord, and yes, we will someday be in a kingdom with streets of pure gold. A kingdom where there is no war, tears or death. But until that time we need to keep the faith, be strong and of good courage. We need to be praying constantly especially for those who work so hard to keep us safe from harm. Thank you to President Bush and all who serve to protect our freedom and peace.
Onward, Christian soldiers, the Lord your God is with you!
Sheryl Dee Main, Kenai, Revelation 22
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