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Confederate Chaplain, Rev. C. W. Miller tells of a Confederate brigade called together for worship in a field. They read the Bible aloud, sang a song of praise, and began to pray. While one of the soldiers was praying aloud, and his comrades were kneeling in silence, they all heard the distant report of artillery and were soon greeted with the burst of cannon shell overhead. Even as more shells exploded over them and shrapnel fell nearby, the men continued their prayers as if there was no danger. Finally the chaplain pronounced the benediction and everyone calmly sought cover. So it was in 1864 as one of many Great Revivals spread like a fire caught in the wind across a dry wheat field.

The sound of cannon may have silenced long ago and yet in the stillness of worship we still kneel in assurance of the One Who inhabitants our praise.

Psalm 91, Verses 1-8

  1. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
  3. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
  4. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
  5. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
  6. Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
  7. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
  8. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

As it was in their days so also it shall be for us to stand united, to pray for each other, and to know that no prideful voice shall bring harm to those who calmly seek cover in Gods; will.

The Confederate Soldier's Pocket Manual of Devotions:
Electronic Edition.
Quintard, C. T. (Charles Todd), 1824-1898.

The music you hear in the background is "How Firm A Foundation", the song that was played at the funeral of
Robert E. Lee.

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