The light blinks “HOT NOW” and no matter what time of day it is, that red blinking light makes your mouth water for those donuts that are so fresh they nearly melt in your mouth. We have never lived close to one of these shops selling those round pieces of fried dough that I’d think were made in heaven were it not for the calories.
Today is National Donut Day. It’s also D-Day in America, a significant event in WWII. Donuts and war. Where’s the connection?
We’re of a different sort of Army. This uniform I wear with its insignia indicating a rank that has no connection to the government or military outlet, this Army whose uniform I wear was established in 1865 when the founder, William Booth, declared a war on sin. Its soldiers would be armed with an arsenal of weapons to fight against human suffering whether it be on the front lines of battle or the front lines of a broken man struggling with addiction. The legacy of the ‘donut girls’ is one of the more interesting in this Army and it’s celebrated again today.
It was a small group of Salvation Army lassies who were sent to help provide food and spiritual care for the soldiers. They mended the soldiers uniforms baked pies, prayed with them, provided stamps for letters home but it was the donut that had the soldiers lining up by the dozens. (full story click here)
The first donuts were fried 7 at a time because of the lack of adequate equipment and one of the Sallies considered frying them in the soldiers helmets. Without anything to cut the hole in the middle the dough was twisted into a crueller but the soldiers wanted a traditional donut and with the help of a French blacksmith a tool was fashioned and the donuts were produced.
It seems this has always been the legacy of this Army. The one that continues to wage war on sin, the one whose enduring strength comes from serving a God who continues to provide.
New and trendy are what’s in style today and this Army of Salvationists are neither. The financial support grows harder as people don’t like their works mixed with God too much. But this is why they’re here. It is the admonition to go to the highways and byways, to give the cup of cold water in the name of Jesus. We are armed with compassion and grace. We fight the ravages of sin under His banner of love.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 TLB
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