The Herald of Hope
Being a Knight Templar has never depended on strength of arms alone, nor on a shining suit of man-made armor adorned for battle. (Personally, I prefer ‘The Full Armor of God”/The Armor of Light). Rather, being a Knight Templar has always been about understanding, hope and heart (Courage).
The Knight Templar understands that there are things bigger and more important than himself. He understands that the stances he takes may not always be popular, but that a society deprived of its moral values will soon turn on itself. The Knight Templar defends those values no matter how outdated or old fashioned they may seem. He does it because it is the ‘Right’ thing to do. No one has to tell him that it is ‘Right,’ he knows it because it is part of who he is. He is willing to ‘stay-the-course,’ and to have ‘Faith’ that there will be a better bomorrow, for all of us and that ‘One Man’ can still make a difference in this world in which we live.
The Knight Templar, you see, is a ‘Herald of Hope.’ True, he is here to serve God and his neighbors, but he also sets the example of what it means to be ‘Noble’ and ‘Honorable.’ So, especially in these times in which we live, he gives hope to those who want to believe that ‘Good Men’ still exist. His presence is a ‘Light’ to those around him, not because of some worldly greatness he may have achieved, but because just being around him makes things seem better and brighter. The ‘impossible’ suddenly seems ‘possible’ – and when the darkness is at its absolute darkest – somehow just being near to a Knight Templar gives one a sense that everything will be all right, that the ‘Light of Christ’ will be triumphant!
There is within the heart of a Knight Templar an inner reserve of strength, the limits of which even the Knight Templar himself does not know. The heart of the Knight Templar is unique. The holy fire kindled within by the Holy Spirit, when his righteous anger is brought to bear, would send even the most vile demon fleeing in terror. Yet, his wisdom can calm a fight between others. His compassion can be a healing balm to those who have been wounded in ‘Heart’ or ‘Spirit.’ His love of friends and family is unconditional, unyielding and unending.
All of these things a Knight Templar does not consciously strive for. They simply are a part of who he is. His character, because of his ‘Christian Faith,’ is of a finer quality and the ‘Light’ that he brings to the world, which is the ‘Light of Christ,’ helps to stave off the darkness. That is where the Knight Templar is always to be found, standing between the ‘world’ and the ‘darkness.’ He stands there not because he has to, but because he chooses to. He understands where he is needed the most and where his brother & Sister Knights are to be found……waiting for him.