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Leadership Notes 6/6/2019

June 6, 2019

Leadership Notes

It's funny how something in the past…that happened even before you were born…can still make you sick at heart. Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. What would the world look like today if not for American leadership, courage, and sacrifice? I can't begin to image what it was like for the men and women, both on the front lines and behind the scenes, who contributed to that historical military endeavor.

Tuesday, at the funeral service for Harold "Barney" Amstutz, it was noted that he served with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, 8th Regiment, during WW2. They landed at Utah Beach on the first day of the invasion of Normandy. Harold was 8 days shy of his 19th birthday when he waded into that maelstrom. I cannot begin to image what that was like for those men on that day. I get a sickness in the pit of my stomach just thinking about it. So much was expected of so many young men.

Here's the prayer President Roosevelt offered up to God {found at the FDR Library}:

"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon

a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and

our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

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. God 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 Thy 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. God darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

God these men are lately drawn from the 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 their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy

heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

God for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the

contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our

armed forces.

God let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

God, O God, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our

unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. God 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."

Be of Good Cheer,


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