This link will take you to a story by Leo Thorsness about a church service that he and his fellow POWs had in the Hanoi Hilton in 1970. The story should give us a fresh perspective here in America as we dress up in our Sunday best and go to church, unhindered, to Easter service tomorrow. Let us be thankful for the freedoms we have as Americans. But more importantly, let us be thankful for the freedom that Christ’s death and ressurection has given us as Christians. Freedom from sin and hope for eternal life.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
May your salvation O Lord be ever with us.
From St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Happy Easter everyone.