|From a Chaplain in Iraq: For those who are unaware, the National Anthem is played before every movie in military theaters in the U.S. and abroad. I recently attended a showing of ‘Superman 3,’ here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through the music stopped. Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States?
I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments; and everyone would sit down and call for a movie. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.
Here, the 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward.
The music began again. The Soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. An again, at the same point, the music stopped.
But here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly there was alone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off………..
It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in Iraq. I wanted you to know what kind of soldiers are serving you here.
Remember them as they fight for you!
Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad. For many have already paid the ultimate price….
Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins on 5/14/07
God Bless America
Yes, remember this as you celebrate your freedom this 4th of July. Love, Ruthanna
Dance like nobody’s watching! Live your dream! Matt Harding, our hero in this video, proves again the importance of acting on your dreams. Apparently, he took the first step and the rest is history! For a fun and inspirational “tour of the world” click below and enjoy! Hats off to Matt for the inspiration and also to his sponsor, Stridegum.com for making his dream a reality. Personally, I find this immensely inspiring. I hope you do too. What dream lies dormant within you now? Think about that as you watch the video… I know, I am. Love, Ruthanna
“What does this mean?” someone asked. “I would like to know if you can help me interpret this dream I had. I can only remember one symbol. In the dream the symbol was a burning cross. I don’t know what that is telling me and I am wondering if it means anything bad. I don’t know how or why I dreamed about that. But I just want to know what it could mean. Thanks.”
I could hear the urgency in her question, so I answered:
My dear friend, it is my purpose to help people understand that you can interpret your own dreams. Granted, it is not always easy! It takes thought and prayerful consideration. But, you can. If this dream concerns you, and obviously it does, ask God to help you understand it. Then, be patient, but expect the revelation to come. If there is a message for you, it will come. Be open and willing to hear, is my best advice. God bless, Ruthanna.
But wait! Very unexpectedly, God moved on my heart and I found myself writing to her again:
Dear Friend… this morning as I awoke, I saw “your burning cross” and this is what was revealed to me:
God wants His love to burn in your heart. Whether you have already received Him , or not, He is revealing His love for you by initiating this dream. I was reminded that God came to Moses in the desert and spoke to Him through a burning bush! It was a way for God to get his attention. Moses noticed that the bush itself was not consumed by the fire. Fire, in the natural, is destructive, but God’s fire is not! It is pure and does not consume or destroy. It energizes and illuminates! I was also reminded that God led His people through a wilderness with fire by night. Fire also guides and provides Light.
The interpretation: Perhaps God is revealing Himself and His love to you personally, in a sense inviting you to embrace and trust Him and let Him guide you at this time. He may also be letting you know that He will energize you for the task at hand; and that if you’ll take His Hand, now, He will help you. He is there with you now but wants you to let Him fully into your heart and life so He can do more. Again, He’s wanting you to let His love burn in your heart. If you’re having trouble loving someone, you can exchange your love for His and His love will be easier to give than your own.
I was amazed that this interpretation came to me this morning. I don’t usually get interpretations for other people, but I hope this blesses you. And, I hope you will receive it, as the gift that it is. Sincerely, Ruthanna
Her reply back to me after receiving this: “Dear Ruthanna, thank you for interpreting my dream. That is amazing! I think I am getting closer to God. Thank you so much!”