Prior to the battle at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, General Stonewall Jackson visited a family friend in Winchester, Virginia. He had dinner with them, and the doctor’s children climbed all over him as he reclined, loving the attention received. That put a human face on “Old Blue Light”, the man whose blue eyes shone with fury in battle.
Jeb Stuart sent, via an officer on his staff, a new uniform coat for Jackson. He was loathe to wear it, with its gold braid. However, when other Valley friends provided new boots, trousers and hat, the General acquiesced.
When Jackson returned to his battle position at Fredericksburg he noted a difference in his troops. Instead of the wild applause, and Rebel Yell usually shouted when he appeared, lukewarm clapping occurred. Not that the men had lost their enthusiasm for their chief. It was the new clothes! They were accustomed to the homespun Jackson in battered hat on Little Sorrel. The finery didn’t translate into Jackson. Nor did the new horse that temporarily replaced Little Sorrel. Stonewall Jackson as Military Commander, 170-171, 174
Some people, even the famous, can’t be as easily recognized when out of their usual habit, clothes and relationships. Jesus never had that problem. Wherever he appeared, and however many men with beards were seen, or wore the same kind of clothes, Jesus remained “head and shoulders above” anyone else. Power exuded from him as heat from the sun and strength from the wind. May it always be that Christ’s disciples bear his regal presence in their habits, speech and behavior. Amen.
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