No Distance Too Great
I have the privilege of hosting Jocelyn Green who has a wonderfully helpful website to encourage military wives. Please check it out at: http://www.faithdeployed.com/ She has also written a book with Karen Whiting called Stories of Courage and Faith from the Homefront.
It is available on Amazon.com
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
Is he in pain? Is he hungry or cold? Who else would care for him like I would? Thoughts like these must have swirled in the minds of family members who wondered about their suffering soldiers during the Civil War. Many traded the tedium of the home front for the dangers of the battlefield for a chance of finding their loved ones and caring for them personally.
Poet Walt Whitman left his New York City home in December 1862 after seeing his brother’s name in a newspaper casualty list. He finally found his brother George on the Fredericksburg, Virginia, battlefield with only a superficial wound, but was so stricken by the mass of casualties, particularly a heap of amputated limbs, that he became a representative of the Christian Commission, handing out small gifts and changing wound dressings. He then nursed in Washington hospitals for a couple of years, and published Drum-Taps based on his interactions with patients.
Confederate woman Hannah Lide Coker had three sons in the war. To reach her son James after the battle of Missionary Ridge in 1863, she covered 402 miles from Darlington, South Carolina, into Union territory near Chattanooga—and ended up living as a prisoner of war for the next six months. Similarly, after finding her husband after First Manassas, Union wife Fanny Rickets shared his cell for five months at Richmond’s notorious Libby Prison.
No distance proved to be too great for these family members to cross in order to reach and care for their soldiers. Likewise, the distance between heaven and earth was not so wide it could prevent God the Father from sending God the Son to reach the rest of His children here on earth. The crucifixion was not too great a price to pay for Him to save us from our own sin, and from eternity without Him. Nothing can separate us from His love.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for crossing the chasm between holy and unholy through your Son Jesus Christ so that I might be saved.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39
*The above is an excerpt from Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, by Karen Whiting and Jocelyn Green.