The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Rudyard Kipling, from Recessional
Interesting that John Wayne, who directed the film The Alamo, would have a religious debate just before the final battle scene. However, as I have written in a post which may be read here, John Wayne, death bed Catholic convert, had a strong faith in God, even as he realized that in many ways he was not living properly. The film The Alamo was first and foremost Wayne’s love note to America, but I think Wayne was also making a statement about faith in God.
Wayne’s personal relationship with God is represented well in this clip, beginning at 9:26, that did not make it into the film.
Some of us are blessed to establish early in our lives, usually through the good example of our parents, a firm faith in God and a striving, always imperfect, to do His will. Others are searchers most of their lives, and go down many strange byways, often far from God. However, those who call upon God with a humble and contrite heart, no matter how late the hour, can reap the full reward as the workers who have labored all their lives in the vineyards of the Lord. This vale of tears can give us great tragedies to endure, but the love of God will see us through anything that life can bring us, as we pray for entry into the Kingdom of Love Eternal.