Memorial Weekend Sermon Dawn’s Early Light 05/24/09

richard2Dawn’s Early Light by Richard Daughtridge

The raging sounds of war, the blast, the horns, the cries of the wounded, and finally, the silence of dead are all sounds of war. All are sounds that we all hope to never hear again.

I remember at the time of Nine-Eleven, I was coaching a high school girl’s soccer team. The team was quiet at the next day’s practice. We were training for our next game against Hedgesville High School. The girls wanted to do something to remember the fallen of 9-11.

My wife had found a giant flag at a yard sale. It was 20 feet by 40 feet long.

At that game, the girls from both teams filed onto the field and together opened that giant flag. The team members of both teams participated. They lined around the flag, a Smithsburg player, and then a Hedgesville player as a display of unity. The girls took turns saying prayers that day. They prayed for America, the victims of 9-11, and for the leaders of our nation, that they would know how to respond. We played over the loud speaker Lee Greenwood’s song, “I’m Proud To Be An American.” Then, we listened to “The Star Spangled Banner”, our national anthem.

The part of the lyrics that said, dawn’s early light, never seemed more real. After such a dark moment, we wondered if our tomorrow would be different. Is there a glimmer of dawns early light that would save us from this dark moment in our history? We hoped we would be safe from another attack.

Would our lives be different?

They were. Our nation and the world has never been the same. Safety and security measures were set up. For the next months there was record attendances at churches all over America as people united in prayer. There were no complaints about students praying at school during this time. We needed God’s help.

We needed a brighter dawn’s early light, a ray of hope.

The unity and resolve we experienced was not man made. I believe the protection we received from God over those months was a direct result of prayer and faith. God blessed America and in the face of threats and danger we have been spared another horrific event.

History’s story hasn’t changed much. Freedom and protection against tyranny is not cheap. Many have sacrificed greatly.

The feeling of standing at a wall or a memorial in memory of our fallen heroes who died to protect us hasn’t changed. It’s an empty feeling to think someone is without a husband, someone is without a wife, or that a child is without one of his or her parents because they died protecting you.

We must never forget all those that have fallen, wounded and even those still serving in harm’s way to protect our nation.

Dawn’s early light perfectly describes the hope for a new day.
We’ve all heard, “The darkest moment is just before the dawn.”
Dawn’s early light is just that, a reflection of hope or light as daylight is about to come.

With all the threats that face our nation now, let us return to the fundamentals that made our country great, faith and honor.

The word faith ,by definition, means to have a corresponding action.
James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

What place does faith play?

1. We can pray.

2 Chron. 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

2. We can stand up for what is right.

Leviticus 26:3-6
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; [4] Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. [5] And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. [6] And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.”

3. We can become a part of the solution.

Psalm 91:1
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 81:7

“ Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah. “

4. We can return to our faith.

Rev. 2:5
“Remember, therefore, from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Edmond Burk “ The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

What can we do?

1. Defend and respect the constitution founded on faith.

2. Never forget what tyranny has stolen.

3. Remember the cost of freedom and be Christ’s ambassadors.

How will you become a part of “ Dawns Early Light”.

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