If the shut-ins all united
In one voice of common prayer,
What a ceaseless shower of blessings
Should be falling everywhere!
Tho’ so weak and oft times helpless,
They can wield a mighty power,
Lifting up their souls petition
To the Savior hour by hour.
They can importune the Father
From the “Secret Place” and then
In the quiet and the stillness,
They can hear Him speak to them.
Never soldier in fierce conflict
Could a higher honor bring
Than the shut-in who’s performing
“Secret Service for the King.”
This poem was appended to Chapter 21 of the book
“Stonewall” Jackson’s Chaplain: Beverly Tucker Lacy
by H. Rondel Rumburg