Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed, that it might live forevermore to fill our every need, that it shall not be just a day, but last a lifetime through, the miracle of Christmas time that brings God close to you.
May your Christmas season be filled with family and many friends. Wishing all a Happy New Year.
24 Hour Counsel – Call National Veterans Crisis Hotline
This month’s quote:
Faith: My faith and my gratitude for all that I have been blessed with will shine through in my attitudes and in my actions.
The Art of the Rebound
Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for the most REBOUNDS leading the NBA in rebounds in 11 different seasons, and has the most career rebounds in the regular season (23,924), the highest career average (22.9 rpg).
Watching a basketball game, you quickly realize that just as important as getting the ball in the hoop is when you miss the hoop, catching the REBOUND!
The Bible is chocked full of examples of REBOUNDS. Naturally they’re not labeled as such, but we can learn as much from Biblical REBOUNDS as we can Basketball – i.e. Samson, Moses, David, and even Peter, Paul, and Onesimus.
Proverbs 24:16 tells us, “A just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
Our modern vernacular says, “A just man falls seven times, and REBOUNDS again. By not getting back up, you’ve only shown you’re shallow and lack maturity. In fact, NOT getting back up is considered not just failure, but in Proverbs’ terms…the WICKED are the ones that DON’T get back up!
The true mark of your success is not in never having fallen; it’s most assuredly in the fact that you HAVE fallen, and taken the REBOUND and getting back in the game!
No new message from the Chaplain
Two year’s ago, yet another hero was lost to PTSD related suicide and this is how his story ended… thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called the Patriot Guard Riders.
Membership in this organization is open to any patriotic American that wishes to fulfill the mission of this magnificent group. If interested; go online for more information.
“S.SGT. Jonathan Turner served his country for 17 years, which included seven tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the age of 41 and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Turner retired. A year later, he committed suicide. Turner died in California, and his family back in Georgia could not afford to fly out there to claim his ashes. Instead, the Marines arranged to have his remains shipped home. And how would they transport Turner? In a FedEx box.
The Patriot Guard Riders thought he deserved a more dignified journey. Founded in Kansas in 2005, the PGR is an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots dedicated to helping veterans in any way they can. When they heard about the arrangements for Turner’s remains, they organized a caravan—or, as they described it, a “pony express of iron horses.”
On August 5, 2015, dozens of Patriot Guard Riders, many veterans themselves, accompanied Turner from Ontario, California, to a Love’s truck stop in Lake Havasu, Arizona, on the California border. A veteran wearing white gloves somberly handed off the wooden box containing Turner’s ashes to the PGR captain from Arizona. Then the Arizona chapter drove the ashes 388 miles to the New Mexico border. The handing-off ceremony was repeated, and then the New Mexico Patriot Guard Riders transported the ashes to Texas, and so on until the ashes reached Georgia five days and some 2,000 miles after leaving California.
“The great state of Georgia proudly accepts this man on the final leg of his return home,” the captain of the Georgia PGR told his Alabama counterpart. “Thank you, Alabama, for bringing him home.”
– Andy Simmons
Iowa has recently passed legislation allowing the sale of fireworks with our borders.
One of the most awe inspiring 4th of July pyrotechnic displays in America is the show put on at Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here is a little trivia concerning one of our nation’s most visited landmarks. Happy Independence Day and GOD bless America!
“As you can see from sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s model of Mount Rushmore (above left), the carving crew made a few concessions during the monument’s 14-year construction. Time, money, and areas of impenetrable rock prohibited the team from finishing the full head-to-waist sculptures Borglum had planned—Lincoln never even got ears. Still more trouble came when weak rock quality forced the presidents’ relocation to a different part of the rock face than originally planned, leaving no room for what would have been Lincoln’s neighbor and Borglum’s pièce de résistance: a monstrous 80-by-120-foot tablet in the shape of the Louisiana Purchase, inscribed with the nine most important moments from 1776 to 1906 (that is, from Washington to Roosevelt). Some things are better left uncarved.”
Reprinted from Reader’s Digest 7/8/2017
We all have heard the age old phrase, “GOD answers prayer.”. Well, today, I’d like to share awareness of an organization that helps do exactly that.
Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans honors our veterans’ service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.
IF YOU SERVED, YOU CAN DREAM.
Dreams not only serve veterans, but also bring comfort and peace to their loved ones and caregivers. Dreams play a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for veterans and their families.
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are U.S. military veterans 18 and older diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 months or less, can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, proof of service is required.
Dreams range from basic need items (like a working appliance or wheelchair ramp) to bedside reunions, final vacations with family, meetings with personal heroes or reconnecting with aspects of former military service.
YOU CAN HELP BY referring applicants, volunteering to help make Dreams come true, or donating time or resources to Dreams for Veterans.
For more information, please visit the Dream Foundation for Veterans today.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whose hand are the living and the dead: we give thanks for all Thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them Thy tender mercy and the light of Thy presence, that the good work which Thou hast begun in them may be perfect. Deal graciously, we pray to Thee, with all who mourn, that casting every care on Thee they may know the consolation of Thy love. Amen