THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (USMC) DEVOTIONAL FIELD BOOK
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures: he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
I am a Jew because the faith of Israel demands no abdication of my mind. I am a Jew because the faith of Israel asks every possible sacrifice of my soul. I am a Jew because in all places where there are tears and suffering the Jew weeps. I am a Jew because in every age when the cry of despair is heard the Jew hopes. I am a Jew because the message of Israel is the most ancient and the most modern. I am a Jew because Israel's promise is a universal promise. I am a Jew because for Israel the world is not finished; men will complete it. I am a Jew because for Israel man is not yet fully created; men are creating him. I am a Jew because Israel places man and his unity above nations and above Israel itself. I am a Jew because above man, image of the divine unity, Israel places the unity which is divine.
These meditative thoughts are offered for consideration in your devotional life. It is recommended that you read them prayerfully, asking God to assist you in understanding the spiritual truths they contain. As you read these meditations think about how they can be applied to your life. Finally, ask God to help you in allowing these truths to become part of your life.
O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.
Sir Jacob Astley
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
We only think when we are confronted with a problem.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare to attempt them, but they are difficult because we do not dare to do so.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts us.
All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
One man can make a difference � every man should try.
John F. Kennedy
Too often we expect people to hear what we mean, not what we say. Anonymous
I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when not feeling it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.
(Inscription in a Cologne cellar where Jews hid in time of persecution.)
O God our Father let us not be content to wait and see what will happen. Give us the determination to make the right things happen.
He that is good for making excuses, is seldom good for anything else.
An ounce of fact means more than a ton of argument.
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