La Junta UMC
La Junta UMC

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

Audie Murphy is a hero of mine.


For those of you who aren’t completely familiar with the story of Audie Murphy he was a movie star in the 50’and 60’s but was and is also the most decorated military member in history.  He received every award for bravery including our nation’s two highest honors; including the Medal of Honor.


Audie looked really young.  It was his picture on the cover of Time magazine after receiving the Medal of Honor that caught the attention of Hollywood. 


He looked so young and was so small that he had to fight just to get into the Army and then had to fight, through two boot camps, to get to see combat.  When he finally saw combat he became our nations most highly decorated war hero.


It is said that soldiers in his company would say that just knowing Audie is positioned out in the front meant that they were able to sleep in the rear.


Audie did miraculous things in battle and summoned incredible courage.  Take time to Google his stories if you haven’t heard about his incredible Medal of Honor story or how he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military honor.


A story that resonates with me most however was when Audie was in a foxhole with a young soldier just scared to death.  Audie Murphy told him there will be times when you want to cry and it’s ok to cry.  That humanity and honesty, from perceivably the bravest man in the war, allowed his fellow soldiers to better burden the horrors of war.


Our scripture reading finds the author of Deuteronomy speaking similar words to us today.  The author is speaking words of comfort and hope despite the sometimes scary and uncertain days we face.


We have a God that will never abandon us and will never forsake us.


My favorite part of this scripture is the reminder that God goes with us. 


God is a friend that shows up when things are at their worst and never leaves; stays for the long haul.  God is with us through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Life, as you all well know, has its share of bad and ugly to accompany all the good.


Some of you are in the middle of darker days.  You find yourself this week continuing in difficult situations, difficult relationships, and seemingly impossible demands.


Audie Murphy reminds us that there will be times when you want to cry and it’s ok to cry.   The author of Deuteronomy reminds us that we must place our courage and our strength in God that our cries will not go unheard.  We serve a God bigger than any illness or disease, addiction, financial difficulty, broken and/or unhealed relationships, or anxiety/worry.


God is God!  God is always with us and will never forsake us.  Thanks be to God for that!




Rev. Lou Ward



Upcoming Events:

      Adult Studies:

We are meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall.


Monthly Potluck:

Join us on the Second Sunday of every month for good food and good fellowship. 


Military Appreciation Breakfast

Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.:

Veterans and Active Military and their Significant Others, join us for a hearty breakfast as we share our appreciation for your service.


United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting:

Third Thursday of every month: March 17, April 21, May 19.


United Methodist Men's Monthly Breakfast:

*Postponed Until Further Notice


Office Hours:

Tuesday: 8-12 am

Wednesday: 8-11 am

Thursday: 8-11 am

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La Junta United Methodist Church

601 San Juan Ave

La Junta, CO 81050


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