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Old 05-24-2020, 04:44 AM
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Courage

Courage isnít a brilliant dash,
A daring deed in a momentís flash;
It isnít an instantaneous thing
Born of despair with a sudden spring
It isnít a creature of flickered hope
Or the final tug at a slipping rope;
But itís something deep in the soul of man
That is working always to serve some plan.

Courage isnít the last resort
In the work of life or the game of sport;
It isnít a thing that a man can call
At some future time when heís apt to fall;
If he hasnít it now, he will have it not
When the strain is great and the pace is hot.
For who would strive for a distant goal
Must always have courage within his soul.

Courage isnít a dazzling light
That flashes and passes away from sight;
Itís a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait
With the patience to work and the strength to wait.
Itís part of a man when his skies are blue,
Itís part of him when he has work to do.
The brave man never is freed of it.
He has it when there is no need of it.

Courage was never designed for show;
It isnít a thing that can come and go;
Itís written in victory and defeat
And every trial a man may meet.
Itís part of his hours, his days and his years,
Back of his smiles and behind his tears.
Courage is more than a daring deed:
Itís the breath of life and a strong manís creed.

-Edgar A. Guest (circa 1916)
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O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

"IN GOD WE TRUST"
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