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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
"Faces to the Coal"
"For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son," –Romans 1:9
"Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." –Colossians 3:24
During World War II, England needed to increase its production of coal. Winston Churchill called together labor leaders to enlist their support. At the end of his presentation, he asked them to picture in their minds a parade that he knew would be held in Piccadilly Circus after the war.
First, he said, would come the sailors who had kept the vital sea-lanes open. Then would come the soldiers who had come home from Dunkirk and then gone on to defeat Rommel in Africa. Then would come the pilots who had driven the Luftwaffe from the sky.
Last of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in miner's caps. Someone would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of our struggle?” And from ten thousand throats would come the answer, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal."
Not all the jobs in a church are prominent and glamorous. But it is often the people with their "faces to the coal" who help the church accomplish its mission. Thank God for those in this church who keep their "faces to the coal." May we all be willing to do our part in this spiritual war!