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Chaplain’s Corner

It seems now more than ever our country needs repentance, healing, and God’s grace. Let us pray for our countrymen with love and cherish that God is sovereign over all powers and principalities of this world. 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Matthew 22:37-39

Keep Us In Peace

Keep us in peace, O Christ our God,
under the protection of your Holy Cross;
save us from our enemies, visible and invisible,
that we may glorify You with thanksgiving,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

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5 Prayers for Veterans

There may be no better way to honor and connect with a veteran than in prayer.

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5 Prayers for Veterans

There may be no better way to honor a veteran than in prayer. Whether it is offered in a religious service, or privately, or silently as a parade passes by, or in a personal card or note, prayer can connect you, a veteran and God in a meaningful and productive way.    

Here are five specific kinds of prayers you can pray for veterans (or, with a few small changes, for a specific veteran):

1) To Feel Honored
“God, please let every veteran of our nation’s armed forces feel truly and appropriately honored by the attention and appreciation of their fellow citizens. Let no one feel forgotten or neglected. Let every man and woman, young or old, feel the deep and enduring gratitude of our nation and its inhabitants.”

2) To Be Understood
“Father God, You know that it can be difficult for a person who has returned from battle or stressful military service to reintegrate into ‘normal’ everyday life. You know that veterans can feel isolated and alone even in the midst of their  friends and  families because there are few around who understand their experience. So I ask You to place in the path of our veterans those who do understand (or strive to), that they may feel less alone. Remind them often that while their fellow human beings may never fully comprehend, You see, You know and You identify with them in everything.”

3) To Be Healed
“Lord, You know how deep a warrior’s wounds go. You know the loss that many of our veterans in body and soul. You know the memories that haunt them and the scars that many of them continue to carry.  Please bring healing to those veterans who still hurt. Please grant patience and wisdom to those around them who cannot understand but can sometimes help the healing process. Please apply both natural and supernatural medicine to their wounds.”

4) To Be Rewarded
“Father, please turn your gaze to those men and women who in their military service have sacrificed time, comfort, strength, ambition, health and prosperity for the peace and safety of family and friends and others they’ve never even known. Please reward them a hundredfold for all their sacrifice and service. Bless them far beyond all their expectations. Reward them richly for all they have given.”

5) To Know You
“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”

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Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.

Most of us know about “poppy days” and volunteers handing out paper poppies and asking for donations. Does everyone know the story of the White Clover and the connection to AMVETS?

The White Clover is the official flower of AMVETS. WHY THE WHITE CLOVER? The White Clover is symbolic of the universal struggle for freedom. It means “Remember Me.”

At its heart, the White Clover Program is about connecting to our communities. Through the White Clover Program, our AMVETS, AMVETS ladies Auxiliaries, Sons of AMVETS, AMVETS Riders, and Jr. AMVETS can collect donations that are used to support and assist local veterans in need. This may mean providing meals and transportation to a homeless veteran, funding an entertainment program for patients at the local VA medical center or helping the family of a local veteran support themselves.

More ways the donations are used are providing a service or items for a veteran in a VA medical facility or a sick or hospitalized veteran not receiving care in a VA medical facility. It also provides the tools and the supplies necessary to be used by volunteers providing their service for their local communities.

We are Veterans, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliaries, Sons of AMVETS, AMVETS Riders, and Jr. AMVETS helping Veterans.

Ways to Get Involved: · Donate and receive a white clover! Proceeds go to AMVETS sponsored programs. · Volunteer at a White Clover Drive with your local AMVETS post. · Encourage friends and family members, community members, and your local community to support your local White Clover Drives. · Reach out to surrounding organizations such as churches, youth groups, and other service organizations for volunteers and support. · Hang up posters and pass out brochures around your area to spread the word about AMVETS’ White Clover Program.

The more visible we are within our communities, the more our communities become aware of who we are and what we do. Encourage membership to grow AMVETS and other Service Organizations. Seek out ways to bring in all veterans and their families.

REMEMBER ME

 

Chaplain’s Corner

Father God, good leaders, come from you. Lord, this nation needs leaders with discerning hearts and wise minds. We come to you today asking you to give us wise leaders that will lead this nation in the right direction. Let our leaders be people who honor your holy name for it is only from you that they will get true wisdom. It is in the mighty name of Jesus that we believe and pray, Amen.

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Growing up Gracefully

My flesh and my heart may fail but God id the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

We are soon to step into a new month. It is as though I hid, forgetting my birthday, and soon to be eighty. Why is this so shocking to me? Sometimes I forget just how old I am and wonder what God has in store for me.

As we age gracefully, let us remember where our strength and rewards come from. Everything comes from God alone. Rather you are a younger person or an older person, continue to dream those dreams. Do whatever God has placed on your heart to do. Regardless if you feel physically fit, may your heart remain strong as you place your trust in God.

Submitted by Larry Williamson

Chaplain’s Corner

Four Chaplains

Greater love has no one than this to lay down ones life for ones friends

February 3, 1943 the USS Dorchester was pushing treacherous water know as Torpedo Alley with 900 American service when it was hit by a torpedo. The missile struck the boiler room mid-ship exploding in the boiler room. Many on board died instantly, other were trapped below deck, the ship taking on water rapidly. Because of security reasons it prevented use of radio or distress flares so escort vessels close pushed on unaware the Dorchester was sinking.

On deck, Army Chaplains George I. Box, Alexander D. Goodie, Clark W. Poling, and John O. Washington moved about calming frightened and bewildered soldiers, getting them to life boats and distributing life jackets. Soon the supply of life jackets were exhausted and yet four young soldiers, afraid and without life jackets, stood waiting. Quickly the chaplains stripped their own jackets and forced them upon the young soldiers. 

Four men of God, one Catholic, one Jewish, and two Protestants, had given their means of saving themselves in order to save others.

Men rowing away from the sinking ship saw the Chaplains cling to each other, their arms were linked together, their heads were bowed, and they prayed to the one God whom each of them loved and served. 

The Dorchester sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic, carrying with it four chaplains and 668 servicemen.

Chaplain’s message

AN ETERNAL VALENTINE                                        BY LARRY WILLIAMSON

For God so loved the world he gave his only son that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Day evokes varied emotions.

Those in love celebrate with gifts of flowers and candy. Those that are not in love may feel sadness or anger. If you don’t have someone to celebrate with it can be a lonely time.

But we have Christ to celebrate with.

Christ’s love went so deep he willingly gave his life so we could have a relationship with him. Because of his great love he was willing to endure humiliation even death on the cross.

If you should feel alone this Valentine’s Day remember you are never. alone. the love of Christ is greater than any human love you could ever experience.

 

 

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THE WONDER OF IT ALL

Far too the snow he says. “Fall upon the earth…” Job 37:8a

As I listened to the evening news, I learned that another storm was headed this way. I sighed and thought of all the headaches and backaches it would bring, shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, allowing extra time to drive everywhere. I watched as the first snowflakes fall. As a child I remember how we enjoyed catching the flakes on our tongues. I remember rolling large snow balls, building snowmen, and having snow ball fights with the neighbors, sliding down the hill and just having fun.

These memories help me understand why Jesus said, “We must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Children see the wonder of it all.

Submitted by Larry Williamson

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It’s All Good

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was good and there was evening and there was morning the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

As the days get shorter it is helpful to remember that everything God made was good. It is easy to forget that even the night is good. It is easy to forget that God created the storms and even the wild animals we occasionally see. When someone gets on our nerve it is easy to forget God made every one of us and indeed made us goo.

So during theese days of waiting and preparing for Christmas let us remember that everything God has made is good. And that includes us!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you wre born I consecrated you” I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

There are few things that bring as much joy as the image of a baby’s first ultrasound on the screen for the first time.

The ultrasound machine, as we know it today was first used to detect flaws in ships. Then in the 70s the doctors started using it to observe babies in the womb. Until then there was no way for the doctors to observe the baby. However, it says in Jeremiah that God knew us even before we were born.

Pearl Harbor a Date Which will Live in Infamy

15 Navy Medal of Honor recipients, 2,00 8 Navy personnel killed in action, 51 Navy Cross recipients, 3 Navy ships lost (Arizona BB 39, Oklahoma BB 32, Utah AG) 2,008 Navy, 16 Army personnel killed in action, 109 Marines killed in action, and 68 Civilian casualties, 18 Navy ships reparied and returned to service (California BB44, Wes Virginia BB48, Maryland BB46, Downes DD375, Pennsylvania BB38, Nevada BB36, Tennessee BB453, Helm DD388, Helena CL50, Honolulu DL48, Raleigh CL7, Cutliss Vestal AR4, Oglala CM4, Soloyama YT9, Cassin DD372, Shaw DD373, Floating Drydock YFD2)