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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

A Mighty Endeavor

“Almighty God:

…Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the Enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by your grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest- until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame.

Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for the return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy….. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen”


Wading through the salty waters of the European coast on a warm day in June, American soldiers heard this prayer by Franklin D. Roosevelt over the radio broadcast as they and the allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the early hours of the day that after the battle fought would forever be known as D-day. 

In the many years since D-day took place on June 6th, 1944, many survivors have told their own stories and personal testimonies of what happened that day, their voices ringing through the now eighty years that have passed.

But now, many of these survivors are no longer here. Most of them have already been called home, and their voices are no longer heard over the clash and clamor of today’s news topics and the overall turmoil that the world is in.

The memories of their valor and courage are waning with every year that passes as we slowly forget their sacrifice.

But still, President Roosevelt’s prayer rings true even today, even after eighty years have passed.

No, we are not fighting a declared war, nor are our men facing such dangerous and perilous combat as they were eighty years ago, but there is a silent battle raging that goes unnoticed by most.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

The road that we walk is still long and hard.

The enemy is still strong.

The Devil still lurks in the dark corners and murky shadows of our world, and we still must pray for a steadfast faith that is able to defeat him.

This battle has been fought between Christ’s allied troops, his followers,  and the Devil’s ruthless demons since the beginning of time; and it will continue until Christ’s coming, when the Devil will be defeated once and for all.

And we do not lose heart, for this is a mighty endeavor.

And as in the closing of the prayer above,


With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy….. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.


We must never forget our pasts or the pasts of those before us; for it is by examining their lives that we see God’s faithfulness.

And we know that he will be faithful in the days to come as well.


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