On Friday, the 25th of October, 1415, on the rainy mud soaked field of Agincourt, France, King Henry V of England engaged the French in battle. The odds seemed impossible for the 5,000 cold, tired and beaten English troops as they faced the 22,000 of the French army. On that dreary field, where men would clash in mighty battle, King Henry gave a speech to his men that would later be immortalized by William Shakespeare. This inspirational speech (which is arguably the ultimate pre-battle speech upon which all other great speeches of it’s kind are based) rallied the soldiers towards a victory against all the odds.
As the “gentle herald” of the French Constable requests Henry lay down his arms and vie for peace, the King responds with powerful intent,
We are but warriors for the working-day;
Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch'd
With rainy marching in the painful field;
There's not a piece of feather in our host--
Good argument, I hope, we will not fly--
And time hath worn us into slovenry:
But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim;
This is what we, who are trudging through the daily battle of life must be like. Time hath indeed “worn us into slovenry” but we continue on, we win the battle, we continue our march, we become saints. Each of us is called to be a saint in the middle of our ordinary lives, transforming the world for Christ. There is much against us and, to the common bystander, the odds seem against our success. Many complain, thee say it is impossible, they complain about the culture or the odds. And yet, we continue on, “warriors for the working day.” This blog is dedicated to the practical measures that will help us to succeed in the fight. Henry won the battle because of a simple invention, the long bow. Prayer is our long bow and with it, we will be victorious.