In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence» (Ephesians 1:7, 8, NKJV).
Night settled over the smoldering battlefield, hiding the terrible carnage from view. In the darkness the moans of dying soldiers filled the humid air, reminding all of the violent battle that had taken place that afternoon at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Guns had crackled, cannons had roared, swords had slashed. In the end the Southern army had fled.
Suddenly the survivors of the battle saw a curious sight. In the darkness a tiny light cast by a lantern moved among the dead and dying, stopping now and then as though its owner was searching for something. «John Hartman?» a voice echoed from behind the glow. «John Hartman, your father calls for you.»
Again and again the heartbreaking words drifted across the carnage.
The glow of the lantern outlined the desperate face of an older man as he searched in the darkness. Then another voice, weak and faltering, called, «Over here, Father.»
Mr. Hartman hurried to his fallen son, carefully picked him up, and carried him home. The man had tried to teach his son that it was wrong to kill, even in battle. But the boy, headstrong and longing for adventure, had run away and joined the army. Even though his son had disobeyed him, the father still loved his wayward child.
Today Jesus is calling out to you. How will you answer?