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               To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

     "I guess the zero hour will soon be here, but I am not afraid since I know You are near." ... these words are from a poem which was found on the body of a nineteen-year-old American soldier in Vietnam.  Even though this war ended on January 27, 1973 when the Paris Peace Accords were signed by the U.S., North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet Cong, I still felt a tug at my heart reading these simple words written by this soldier so long ago. 

     Unlike the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the news media gave nightly reports on the progress or lack of progress of the Vietnam War.  And since my oldest brother was stationed in Vietnam, my family watched these news reports nightly.  I can remember many a night going to sleep worried about my brother and other young men I knew from the local area who were also serving in Vietnam.  I can still mentally recall the anxiety that my parents felt during these newscasts ... anxiety that was so strong, that my other brothers and sisters and I felt it too.  My brother returned from Vietnam without physical injury.  But, this was not the case for many of the young men we knew from the rural community.  Young men were drafted into the military for the Vietnam War ... but being drafted didn't make them any less courageous than those who volunteered for wars.  The fact that they went and did their tour of duty, was evidence of a courage that those of us who have never endured active military duty in a war, will never identify with fully.  No one truly, can walk in another's shoes, no matter how much we empathize with someone else.


   
"War is not the answer" the peacemakers will tell us ... and they are ultimately right.  But, the "collective consciousness" of the world does not agree with them.  The evidence of wars and violence in our world shows us that our "collective consciousness" still contains plenty of the primitive beliefs that have been held in consciousness throughout history.  Even the Bible shows us that even when the Earth was barely populated the allegorical story of Cain and Abel gives evidence of a belief in violence to solve problems.  And although Cain killed his brother Abel, he went on to take a wife, have a son, and build a city.  This scenario of "violence as the answer" continues in modern times.  And in my opinion it will continue as long as we "look outside of ourselves" for the solution.  No one can give us "Peace on Earth" ... not even God.  A World at Peace will only become possible when more people hold peace in their consciousness than those who do not.  Then and only then, will the "collective consciousness" shift to "Peace on Earth."

    
As students of metaphysics, we know, that "All Is God and All Is Good" ... but how do we understand war and violence in light of this Principle?  I believe that the Good will always prevail and history has shown this to be true.  No matter what may "appear" in the physical, the Good continues to manifest through the consciousness of more and more people.  "All Is God and All Is Good" is an Omnipotent Principle.  Even during times of war and violence, Peace finds Its way into the hearts and minds of people.  The young Vietnam soldier is a great example of this ... "I guess the zero hour will soon be here, but I am not afraid since I know You are near." ... what greater Good could any of us imagine than to know with certainty that God is with us even at the hour of physical death?  Ernest Holmes tells us in "The Science of Mind":  "A realization of the presence of God ... is the most powerful healing agency known to the mind of man."

    
Let us pray for all the soldiers in the world today, both those here and those who have gone to the Other-Side:
               I rejoice and give thanks in knowing that the Presence of God is with every soldier, everywhere.  I know and accept that each soldier is personal to God for each are a part of the very Life of God.  I believe and know that no matter where a soldier may be called to duty, God is with them as they begin their tour and is with them when the tour is over.  I know and accept that the spirit of each soldier is infused with the strength and wisdom of God ... and in this awareness I know that each soldier knows what they need to know when they need to know it.  I know that these courageous men and women are in their right and perfect place and as they affirm the Presence of God right where they are, they receive the evidence that this is so.  I affirm for each and every soldier all over the world that your faith and your hope in God will never fail you, for I know and I know that I know, that God has an ever-lasting Love for you ... now and always.  And for this we can all be so very grateful.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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