Soon we will be going back to Gettysburg, PA., Lexington, VA, & other Civil War Sites. These are places we love to visit. Just to see all the things that the soldiers went through as they fought this civil war & the history of this country is very special.
Part of what we do is to bring spiritual lessons and leadership lessons together. We show that leaders prayed before battles, pray for direction, prayed for each other and their family. They took time to seek God for matters of their daily life and the war.
Leaders not only looked to God for themselves they also shared their faith with their fellow soldiers.
The Civil war was a time of unrest, division, and pain. As Christians we sometimes experience this today. So it’s good for us to look back and learn lessons from those who knew how to seek God.
When you look at the average age of the soldiers they were very young. Many were a long way from home and from their family. This was a very challenging time for everybody. Loneliness, hunger , discouragement, and so many other challenges is what they faced each day.
They learned that trusting God was the only way that they were going to get through the war. As today we need to fight the good fight of faith and make it to the end.
We need to encourage one another. We need to pick one another up when we see them fall. Out of all the documentaries that I have watch throughout the years this was one of the things that I seen the most, men and women helping each other through the pains of life.
Here are some quotes from 2 Generals in the Civil War…
General Robert E. Lee –
What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.
In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
Robert E. Lee
I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.
Robert E. Lee
My chief concern is to try to be an humble, earnest Christian.
Robert E. Lee
“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave – Stonewall Jackson”
You may be whatever you resolve to be (From Jackson’s Personal Journal)
Our God was my shield. His protecting care is an additional cause for gratitude. I see from the number of physicians that you think my condition dangerous, but I thank God, if it is His will, that I am ready to go. (General Jackson on his Death Bed)
Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees . . .
(The General’s Last Words)
Stonewall Jackson – “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” This statement was backed up by his faith in God alone. He recognized that God was the reason for any success he had. He was humble and had unshakable faith. He had pertinence and determination to overcome all of life’s obstacles through his faith in God.
As Christians we all experience challenges & difficulties, however we need to remember the promises of God which reminds us that it will be worth it all in the end.
Let us remember all those who have went before us and how they trusted God and lived by this scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
me” (Philippians 4:13).
Check out this website for Gettysburg, PA info: Click Here
Info about The Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-3, 1863)
This video contains photos from the Prayer Tour in VA. (“A Civil War” by Rush of Fools)
Reenactor interview at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancelorsville in Virginia. Taped May 2013 at the reenactment.
An interview with Robert E. Lee taped at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia… May 2013
Selfless Love: by Pastor Len Paxton May 2013 – Taped on our Battlefield Prayer Tour in Virginia. May 2013