Read Dan. 1:1–16; Acts 5:17–42
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. Dan. 1:8
The other evening I sat with a young couple, married for eighteen months, who were facing a major life change. They had built themselves a new home. They had dreams of a family, of friends, of a place of service in church and community. Now it was all changed. The husband had been called by his draft board to report for his physical examination. He knew he would have to leave. As we faced the breaking up of their home, the delay of their plans, and the possible loss of their property, the young man said, “What I want to know is this: What will we be like when we come out of this war; will our morals and our dreams and our hopes have been shattered?”
No one can answer that question for him now. It will have to be answered differently for different people. The answer depends upon whether he and the others of you are true to the best you know. Some young people will doubtless come out of this war with shattered dreams, impoverished morals, and a lost faith. Others will reinforce themselves daily from the great Source of high living. The memory of loved ones, their treasure house of Scripture, and their own religious faith will keep them on the high road. They will be able to say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” That is the prayer of all your Christian friends back home for you.
I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare. Amen.
—HOWARD ARNOLD WALTER
CECIL E. HAWORTH
Central Friends Church, High Point, N.C.