In October of 1962, on the 14th day I turned 12 years old. On October 15, 1962 images of medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic nuclear missiles, under construction in Cuba, were presented to President John F Kennedy, and the 13-day crisis began.
I was in sixth grade at Highland Elementary School in Lake Worth Florida. I remember sitting in our Florida room with my mom and my sister listening to the President and being scared to death. I remember my aunts calling my mother to see if she was going to drive back to New Jersey to get out of danger – you see, everyone was convinced that South Florida would be the target of these missiles.
Back in those days we read the Bible in school and we prayed! Each morning a sixth grader would go to the Principal’s office and over the loudspeaker would lead the entire school in a meditation, a prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance. By some divine appointment, it was my week to do this. I armed myself with Matthew 24.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24.6
And I prayed a prayer, a simple sixth-grader’s prayer, that we would be brave and courageous and that God would protect the United States of America.
We were and He did.
Now, 51 years later, I look back and think, “Wow, there have been wars and rumors of wars my entire lifetime.”
Today, we have another kind of war raging – angry people walking into public places and shooting innocents.
We still have global war threats every single day.
We live in a world racked with troubles, wars, and rumors of wars.
I’m not scared to death anymore – I want to be scared to life! To live each day as a gift from the One who assures me to not be frightened or troubled due to wars and rumors of wars, and that these things must take place.
I am going to either be taken up to heaven by the rapture of Jesus Christ of His church OR, I am going to die on the day appointed to me. Either way, one way or the other, we are all going to leave this earth.
This is not a rumor – this is Truth.
I pray you are not scared or troubled.
Jesus said, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life; no one goes to the Father except through Me. John 14.6
I am reposting this today in honor of the 21 men who the world was not worthy of. (from Hebrews 11)