By CHAPLAIN (CAPT.) JERRY JOHNSON, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry RegimentJanuary 28, 2010
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Boone, commandant of the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, will be the guest speaker for the Fort Jackson observance of the 2010 National Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 10, at the NCO Club.
This year's theme will be "My Values, Your Values, Our Army Values." Boone said he wants to reflect on those who taught him the Army Values, beginning with his first platoon sergeant. Boone enlisted in 1972.
Boone said that numerous NCOs and officers influenced him throughout the years, and he believes God's providence brought them into his life. He said he wants to relate his experiences to passages in the Bible and provide NCOs in particular an understanding that their special calling is to lead Soldiers with both actions and speech.
"Faith has to sustain you to do the 'hard right' instead of the 'easy wrong,'" Boone said.
The key passage of scripture on which Boone will base his message comes from Psalm 121: 1-2. King David says, "I lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help'
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
The history of the National Prayer Breakfast goes back to 1942, when during the most difficult moments of World War II a small group of senators and representatives began to meet. They tried to find a way to be of personal and spiritual support to each other and decided to meet for prayer.
In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower established what was then termed the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, with the goal of seeking divine guidance and promoting a national dependence upon God. The name of the event was changed to National Prayer Breakfast in 1970.
The breakfast takes place in Washington on the first Thursday of February. Many military installations have their own National Prayer Breakfast events to support the national emphasis.