"For I am now ready to be offered, and
the time of my departure is at
hand. I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have
kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at
that day; and not to me only, but unto all
them also that love his
in the back of an old Navy Bible are the words, "II Timothy 4,
6-8." In the front of the Bible are these words.
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending
the reading of the
Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the
Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and
diverse origins have
found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and
is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid
in attaining the
highest aspirations of the humans soul.
Very sincerely yours
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Hear the Good News, within
the pages of the Book of God, The Bible, we find strength, comfort and
hope. Strength in times when not only are our knees weak, but our
Spirit as well. Words of comfort pour out like a libation from God
when we experience the passion and presence of Christ in our own lives.
And like a spring time breeze in the dead of summer hope surrounds us when
we know we are not alone. It seems Roosevelt understood this.
The owner, both previous and present, knows this to be true. The
mere presence of The Bible, his Bible, is enough, yet he still turns to
it. Do you know where your Bible is? Is it your friend?
Your companion? Your Hope? As this soldier was preparing to
travel to the Pacific, it was for him.
wind, fresh fire, You enter my life through the Word. Always
with me, and a faithful companion your directed me and offer me hope.
Be for me direction, future and my now. Thank
You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to