It's the Fourth of July, 2014!
Today we went over to the only remaining fort, Fort D, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to watch a Union re-enactment from the Civil War. We watched a cannon fire and a rifle, saw period costumes, period food, and something I had never seen before and only heard about Wednesday night, two days ago.
What was that? A Quaker cannon.
The sign explained that the Quakers were peaceful people who usually would not fight. It also said that Fort D probably never saw any fighting action and the Union soldiers assigned there faced two terrible foes: boredom and disease.
Let me describe this Quaker cannon. It was a pole, like a telephone or electrical pole, mounted behind a wooden fence (giant Lincoln logs come to mind), aimed toward the Mississippi River (and no doubt visible from the river with binoculars), with the "barrel" hollowed out and the whole thing painted black.
This would mean that from a distance, it really looks like a cannon. But, obviously, close up in reality, it is a fake cannon that with never fire a single cannon ball.
Whether is was used to look like a deadly cannon to scare the Rebel forces, or to dress up the fort, or just as a means of dealing with a bad case of boredom is really unknown.
The following is the observation I made when I got home any wrote down a couple of notes. "A lot of so-called Christians are like Quaker cannons from a distance. They look like the real thing, but in reality they are not."
Prayer for today: "Heavenly Father, I ask a special blessing over all those serving in our military and who have served and their families. You have blessed the USA more than I can possibly fathom. And I thank You for that blessing. Lord, may everyone who comes close to me know without a doubt, that I am Your child, and the real deal. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L. Culbreth