When the University of South Carolina and Texas A & M football teams play, the winner is awarded the Governor’s Cup – Bonham Trophy. James Bonham went as a young graduate of USC to Texas and was a hero at The Alamo. Do you know the story?
In 1836 Texas was part of Mexico and fought for independence. A group of less than 200 Texans were defending a mission fort called the Alamo. Over one thousand members of the Mexican army laid siege to the Alamo. Greatly outnum-bered, Jams Bonham left to seek reinforcements. When help was denied, he returned to the Alamo. He did this twice. The second time, he returned knowing death was certain.
The Alamo was conquered and James Bonham and the other defenders were killed. “Remember the Alamo” became a rallying cry for Texas. They won their independence.
Bonham is remembered for his sacrifice. I share this with you partly because I grew up in Saluda county, as did James Bonham. But, there are two more reasons:
James Bonham’s pleas for reinforcement fell on deaf ears. How often have we not responded to the desperate pleas of others? Lord, have mercy.
James Bonham sacrificed his life for the people and the cause he held dear. We follow Jesus, who gave his life for our salvation and calls us to take up the cross. How do we show self-giving in Jesus’s name?
I suppose not many will notice the trophy presentation after the USC v. Texas A & M football game. Even fewer will know about the man for which it is named. But be sure of this; God hears the cry of the needy and takes note of every sacrificial act done in His spirit.
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