Swiss archer William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head – because he refused to bow to the hat belonging to the governor of his local Canton. On Wednesday evenings we have been studying the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. At the outset, Daniel and three of his friends are faithful Jews that are taken into Babylon, and, hopefully, assimilated as Babylonian citizens. Well, it didn’t work: Daniel refused to eat the King’s food and he refused to bow to the King’s statue. Instantly, he became a hero – and even interpreted the dreams that brought down kingdoms.
In today’s lectionary the psalmist says: O LORD, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. One can only imagine the prayers in the night of heroic characters in the Bible – and in history. I pray for such heroism in my life – and in the life of my church family!