During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key watched the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13, 1814 When the smoke cleared, Key was able to see an American flag still waving and reported this to the prisoners below deck. On the way back to Baltimore, he was inspired to write a poem describing his experience, “The Defence of Fort McHenry”, which he published in the Patriot on September 20, 1814. It has become better known as “The Star Spangled Banner“. (Source: Wikipedia).
Hebrews 12:2 … Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.
Just as the beleaguered soldiers found hope in seeing the flag still waving, let those of us who are Christ-followers find hope by fixing our eyes on the immovable cross of Christ.