An early-morning crowd at Fort Gordon’s National Prayer Breakfast was urged Thursday to find a cause that transcends the everyday, mundane experience.
Guest speaker Stu Weber’s remarks were grounded in Scripture and designed specifically for the military members in attendance. It was reflective of Weber’s past as a Green Beret and Vietnam veteran turned pastor.
“That sense of transcendent cause is something you can live for and die for,” Weber said. “I would urge you to give yourself to it.”
Weber, an Oregon-based minister and author of Tender Warrior, said that when he was sent to Vietnam he didn’t believe in God. But reflection during a short break in Hawaii with his wife and young son caused him to change his mind.
“That put me on the ultimate transcendental cause,” Weber said.
Using military jargon, Weber talked about two Old Testament warriors, Caleb and Joshua. When looking back on their battles and their courage when scouting out the land of Canaan, “they did not just see the horizontal realities, but the vertical realities,” Weber said.
Weber switched frequently from Bible history to American history and touched on everything from the Battle of Lexington to today’s conflict in Afghanistan.
The connecting thread was that intangible quality present in all successful service members.
“The key is not technology, it’s the intangible spirit of the warrior,” Weber said.