By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The Air Force chief of chaplains, Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Cecil Richardson, recounted the tale of David and Goliath at the National Prayer Breakfast in the Satellite Dish Dining Facility Feb. 24.
The purpose of the breakfast is to join United States leadership in recognition of the moral and spiritual values upon which the nation was founded.
Originally, it began as a congressional meeting over breakfast. In 1953, the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast was established by members of the Senate and House prayer groups and President Dwight Eisenhower.
The president, vice president and government officials attended the early breakfasts. It has since been named the annual National Prayer Breakfast.
Wing Leadership, civic and community leaders and the men and women of Schriever gathered to engage in discussion and prayer during the 56th anniversary of the event.
Following the invocation by Chaplain, (Capt.) Christopher Underwood II, 50th Space Wing chaplain, Louis Steinberg, Jewish Lay Leader, and 1st Lt. Jonathan Lee, Protestant Lay Leader, read biblical scriptures.
A moment of silent prayer was observed by all who attended the event, followed by a prayer for the nation, delivered by Chaplain, (Maj.) Jeffrey Bruce, 50th Space Wing chaplain.
After a musical presentation of “America the Beautiful” by the Schriever Choir, Chaplain (Maj.) Greg Woodbury, wing chaplain for the 50th Space Wing, introduced Chaplain Richardson, the guest speaker for the event.
Chaplain Richardson began by suggesting the story of David and Goliath was much more than just a story told to calm the fears of children.
“It is a story of faith, courage and grace under fire,” he said.
He related the story to the importance of having faith in today’s military environment.
“It’s a story about deployment, about battlefield stress,” Chaplain Richardson said. “It’s a story about standing up for what is right, no matter what. Most of all, it reminds us that if we keep our faith, our faith will keep us.”
Chaplain Richardson explained how David was chosen to be king of Israel, not because of his size or strength, but because of his heart, and more importantly, the size of his faith.
Because of that faith, David was able to stand up to a much larger, better-equipped Goliath, who opposed the armies of God, and slay him when others were afraid to.
Chaplain Richardson closed by offering some advice to the audience.
“Today, I know we are all going through difficult times,” Chaplain Richardson said. “In fact, they are like giants in our own lives, but what God did for David on that day, he can do for you too.”
To view a video recording of the event, visit http://glens0057-iptv/ListContent4.aspx.