Friendship and Courage
The sword and shield are the symbols of courage. Courage might
be called the keystone in the arch of character. It gives strength
and stability to all our other qualities. If we be not brave, of what
avail is our desire for honesty or our hunger for purity or our concern
for righteousness? Courage is necessary to give edge to our conscience, force to our convictions, and realization to our ideals.
Moreover, bravery is not a mere emergency quality needed for the
duration. Imperative as is the need for courage in this crisis, it is
equally essential in the living of the daily round. The courage to
speak the truth, the courage to resist temptation, the courage to be
ourselves without pretense, the courage to pick up the broken fragments of life and make use again of what the world has trampled
are qualities timeless as well as timely in their importance.
Everyone who has enjoyed the love or friendship of another knows
how it puts courage and nerve into the soul. know that there is
one whose heart beats faster when your step is heard on the stair;
to know there is one who keeps tryst with you in thought even when
absent in person, to know there is one who believes in you when
the crowd is howling you down, to know as you ride the blacked
out seas that there is a light of love burning in a heart back
those are beliefs that make us brave.
Therefore, in these days it behooves us to nurture all those personal and social relationships which reinforce us with mutual regard.
To know that those back home are thinking of him is as important
to the man at the front as the equipment we send him with which
to fight. Hence it is imperative to keep open the lines of communications with the men and women in our battle zones. And our religious
fellowships, our school ties, our fraternal organizations were never
so important as now in preserving morale. For this reason the bonds
of A must be strengthened in these times.
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