God’s Word Brings Comfort To A Soldier

by The Gideons International on April 24, 2012

In July of 1967, just prior to boarding a plane for Air Force Basic training in Texas, my dad, a World War II veteran, handed me a Gideon New Testament. He hugged and kissed me without saying a word. During my flight, I opened the book to discover that Dad had been given the Bible on January 6, 1943, at the time he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 147th Army Infantry in the Fiji Islands.

I confess that the New Testament stayed inside my footlocker from that day until November of 1969. At that time, I was halfway through my four-year commitment and stationed in Louisiana.

This was a very anxious time for me, but not because of my service. I had already been to Vietnam and had safely returned. Rather, I worried because I had no direction for my life and no clue about what I would do after I left the Air Force.

I remember being drawn to the footlocker—or to that “Good Book” within. I opened the pages and read Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” I continued to read and learned that Jesus would forgive my sins and remember my iniquities no more. What comfort those words gave me then, and they continue to comfort me today—41 years later.

Growing up, I had gone to Sunday School and certainly “knew of” Jesus. But it took those days in 1969 to really “get to know” Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord.

After my discharge from the service, I spent the next 25 years of my life serving as a police officer and always knew it was God’s plan for me. Now I have a second career and feel the same way about it being God’s plan and not mine! More importantly, I have continued to read God’s Word each and every day since that day in November of 1969.

There is a special place in my heart for Gideons and the Good News that they share—not just for me, but also for my dad who found comfort in the Word and knew I would, too. So, thank you Gideons for your wonderful service to Him.

George Butler
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

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Reg Harris May 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

I just love it when God saves more than one member of a family through the reading of a single copy of His living word. What an amazing gracious God He is, to know , be known and loved for ever.

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David Lubuli Munyengo May 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

Oui Esaie 55:11 dit vrai

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