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February 26, 2007, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

May righteousness be exalted

Pastor Gerald Boldt, St. John Evangelical Lutheran, Winsted

I recently opened my old military footlocker, stuck way back in the upstairs closet.

It was heavy and hard to slide across the floor. Nonetheless, I was able to move it far enough into the bedroom in order to open the cover.

I was fortunate because earlier, I had located the key that enabled me to unlock the corroded brass padlock stamped with the letters, US. As I removed the two-piece wooden tray insert, I had to be careful not to tip it to one side or the other because it was filled to capacity with a multitude of military souvenirs.

Yet, on top of the pile of old military insignia, .45 cal. magazines, and coins from foreign countries, there was one item that caught my immediate attention.

Lying there with my collection of trinkets was my green-covered copy of the “Gideon New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs.” I am sure that most of those who have served in the military can remember receiving their small Gideon New Testament. For me, as I looked at that small book, a range of memories entered my mind.

I can remember how it fit so easily into the pocket of my duty uniform. I also remember on the first page, the picture of the American flag, with the quotation from Proverbs 14:34 that said, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Like many others in America, I am concerned with the war that rages in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I would hope and pray that righteousness is exalted with the policies espoused by our government. For to do so will ensure that many of our brave sons and daughters serving in our military will, as well, be able in the future to open their old footlockers to find their Gideon New Testament.

Please pray for those who defend us and those who formulate and establish our national policies.


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