Monument to a Lost Cause

          During a recent visit to Biloxi, MS, my family visited the Beauvoir Estate which houses the library of Jefferson Davis.  Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate states of America.  It is the home where he wrote “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.”  He was sentenced with treason, his property was confiscated by the United States government and his citizenship was revoked after the war.  He was given the Beauvoir House by a friend and he lived there his final days. His wife refused to sell the home and finally gave it to the State with the stipulation that it be used as a home for confederate soldiers who needed a place to live.  It was used this way until it was repurposed to a presidential library and historical site to commemorate Jefferson Davis life and the Civil War.   The caption used on the educational video shown at the home called it a “Monument to a Lost Cause.”  
          I was moved by the thought of how sad it would be to give your life and your fortune for a “lost cause.” 
          Paul the apostle wrote in Ephesians 3:14-19 that all the loss and suffering of his life was worth it if others would be strengthened and rooted in their faith and that God would be glorified.  Ephesians 3:21 “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”
          Lord, I want to make a difference with my life; help me make it my priority to share Christ and encourage believers in their faith walk.  I want my life to count for you and bring you glory!
Joyce Hayes
Artist-in-residence at America’s Keswick

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