Strength for Service: To God and Country
Strength for Service was originally published in 1942, and over 720,000 copies were distributed to U.S. service men and women. After the events of September 11, 2001 the General Commission on United Methodist Men partnered with Evan Hunsberger, who had a vision to republish the little devotional book as his Eagle Scout service project to honor his grandfather. Eugene Hunsberger, a Navy corpsman, read it to dying men on the battlefields of the Pacific during World War II. This updated version includes 40 additional entries, with over one million copies purchased by and distributed to deserving service members.
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.
Just before Paul said,“Play the man!” he said,“Stand firm in the faith!” Real faith in God makes real men. To believe something wholeheartedly is to achieve something worthwhile.
Creative courage and creative endurance lead us into creative fellowship and service. It is a wonderful thing to know that you are brave and strong, with a mind and body unfettered by harboring wrong.
We are talking all the time about good Christian values including faith, hope, and love. What, really, in this hard-bitten world do they get us?
We must look beyond even the hills of strength. We must remember that our help comes from God, who is above the hills. If we climb high enough and get close enough to Him, we shall be able to bring tidings of peace.
The bearing of our transgressions made this separation of His soul from God necessary. That was death. For the first time in all history Christ was alone!