not. There is a force with you greater
than all else. Read the Psalms of protection: Psalms 91, 46, and 27. A
quick protection prayer is "Thank you God that you are with me."
I have heard of a platoon
of men in the Second World War, where each morning when they were assembled
one of their officers would read a verse or two from these Psalms of protection.
The entire platoon went through the war and received only minor injuries.
Once these good concepts
are in the mind, they 'reach out' into the energy of the universe and bring
into individual experience what one has focused upon.
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The Christmas Truce
by Ron White
"It was referred to as the
war to end all wars. Yet, two decades after World War I the world found
itself once again entrenched in a global battle. Why was the First World
War referred to as the war to end all wars? It earned this name because
it was believed that with all the modern weapons of war, no nation would
dare attack another for the sure bloodshed that would follow. The destruction
of the First World War was horrific with over 10 million giving their lives
in the name of their country.
midst of this brutality, death and destruction one of the most peculiar
sights in human history evolved on a Christmas night in 1914. It was a
sight rarer than watching a Texas baseball team in the World Series. On
this incredible night almost a century ago soldiers on the western front
did the unthinkable. Only days and perhaps hours before these men had found
themselves frozen to the bone in the cold rain and mud. The sound of mortars
still rang in their ears. The sight of their brothers in arms falling to
the ground from a volley of bullets was still fresh in their minds. Yet
something remarkable was about to take place on this Christmas Eve.
a truce in the fighting initiated by the low ranking men selected to do
the fighting and dying. By all accounts this Christmas truce was not started
by the British. It was, in fact, a result of the actions of the Germans.
Yes, the country that it had become easy to vilify during this time period
because of their horrific leaders and government policies was in fact a
nation of people with hearts like you and I. These German soldiers lobbed
a chocolate cake into the trenches of the British. Imagine that; you are
used to seeing grenades land in your trench and instead the enemy has lobbed
a chocolate cake with a request for an hour truce. The truce was for a
birthday party for their captain. The truce was granted.
soldier in this war, it was comforting to know that your enemy was in the
same miserable conditions that you were, like the cold, the mud and the
stench of death. Remarkably, it was in these conditions that a truce was
born and soon Christmas carols burst forth from the trenches of the Germans,
once again, an olive branch. The British were at first reluctant and rightfully
so, this was war and any trick is fair game in war. Although, it was recognized
for what it was. Men with hearts, moms, dads, children, hobbies, girlfriends,
wives and compassion overcome with that compassion on the anniversary of
the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind. It was Christmas and
the anniversary of the birth of a man who laid down his life for others,
and the Germans were overcome with this spirit.
Christmas Eve soldiers who had been engaged in the war referred to as 'the
war to end all wars' because of its brutality, tossed their weapons of
destruction aside and embraced, sang Christmas songs and even wandered
the battle field playing soccer with each other and sharing cigarettes.
It has been said that hundreds and as many as thousands participated in
this most magical holiday truce.
is something about this time of year that you can't pinpoint. It is something
that you can't put your finger on. It is a spirit that is in the air. It
is a spirit that begs you to forget differences, embrace those you love
and even those you don't. It challenges you to give until you can't give
anymore. Sometimes the cloud of challenges in life can spur a person to
brush aside the undeniable feelings that are in the air at Christmas time.
Too often the pressures of life can convince you the spirit of joy and
giving are gone and that what you are sensing is nothing more than a coincidence
of the time of year. In 1914, a handful of low ranking German soldiers
knew that what they felt in their hearts about Christmas was true.
men did not brush aside the impromptu feelings of peace and love for their
fellow man. Instead, they lobbed a chocolate cake and a note of truce.
I encourage you to allow yourself to be overcome this Christmas with the
same spirit that took these soldiers captive almost a century ago. You
may feel you are entrenched in some kind of your own personal battle. If
so, allow yourself to be overwhelmed with the spirit of giving and joy
and toss a chocolate cake out there. You just might be surprised at the
outcome." …Ron White