|Volume 23 Number 1 January 2021
When I enlisted in the military service of the United States of America some 64 years ago, we knew that we would have to stand duty as sentries (i.e., a watchman). We soon learned that there were certain orders – standing orders, as it were. The same orders applied to every sentry on every post to which a man might be assigned. Failure to understand and observe these orders brought sure and strict discipline to that erring watchman.
Listed below are the eleven general orders that every sentry had to memorize in proper numerical sequence because he knew he could be called upon to recite them whenever asked simply by the number. A good soldier knew he had better know the number as well as the stated order. Below that list I have suggested a similar list of eleven general orders for watchmen in the service of the army of the Lord.
Eleven General Orders
for a Military Sentry
Eleven General Orders for a
Watchman in the Army of the Lord
In comparison of these two lists, how would we stack up as watchmen for our Lord and our God?
[Editor’s Note: Though not a perfect match, the two sets of “Eleven General Orders” above encourage a devotion and a degree of service worthy of every child of God. ~ Louis Rushmore, Editor]
The Poet’s Prayer
How you put the words into my head, I cannot understand.
You seem to open up my heart and guide my writing hand.
I write of truth and love divine the true and living way.
My words are merely mortal, as I think of you each day.
Lord, let me never fail with paper and pen to say,
Words of truth and beauty, as you lead me day by day.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
You May Be That One
One song will spark a moment,
One flower can wake a dream.
One tree can begin a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile can bring forth a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam can light a room.
One candle can remove the darkness,
One laugh will surely conquer gloom.
One step is the start of a journey,
One word will start an ardent prayer.
One hope can lift the sagging spirit,
One touch can let another know you care.
One voice can speak truth and wisdom,
One heart can know what is really true.
One life can make the difference,
You may be that one, it’s all up to you.
Cliff Holmes has served variously over the years as a minister, a deacon and a song leader. He resides in Decatur, Alabama, USA.