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Chaplain’s Corner

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)

 

Chaplain’s Corner

Sometimes a song from the past will hit home for issues we face today. 

Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try
No hell below us Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people Livin’ for today

Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too
Imagine all the people Livin’ life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one
 
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one
 
Source: LyricFind

Chaplain’s Corner

Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation that is so difficult it causes you to question your ability to deal with it properly. All the while, you’re feeling like there is no way out. Especially when the world seems to be so topsy turvy these days, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even overcome with emotions of despair. But in these moments of hardship, your faith will guide you in the right direction, and this prayer for strength is just the thing to put you on the path to happiness again.

I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

—Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 3:16–17

Chaplain’s Corner

It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the bravery of America’s heroes in the midst of this pandemic. They’re all around us, but what can we do while we’re stuck at home?

Perhaps you have a child, family member or friend serving on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus. We want to honor their service, and help you find ways to pray for them.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

Hear our prayers. By your healing power, grant them quick minds and skillful hands. Strengthen them in times of trauma. In quiet times, give them rest and assurance of the value of their work. Keep them ever prepared for the work you have called them to do, for your mercy’s sake.

Give us, we pray, grateful hearts for the courageous willingness of our neighbors to enter into danger on our behalf. In your mercy, bind up the injured, and replenish the spirits of those wounded in body or soul. Help us to honor and serve those who have served in our name.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Chaplain’s Corner

In tough times, the best way to overcome hardship is to lean on all of your loved ones — but the novel coronavirus pandemic has made that quite (literally!) impossible to do. Some may be quarantining in homes and apartments all alone, away from family members, friends, or colleagues or classmates, and social distancing efforts means you probably won’t be able to do all the things you normally do together. Regardless of how many people you live with or how many times you’ve been able to safely see loved ones, the quarantine lifestyle that’s necessary to keep COVID-19 at bay is far from easy.

Why not heed words of advice from those who have overcome all the issues we’re experiencing now? Take stock of the moment to remind yourself that the pandemic will come to an end one day, and find motivation to empower yourself to get through the situation as best as you can. 

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.” — A.A. Milne

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Submitted by Larry Williamson

The Maker of the Moon

The Lord said, “I will be their God and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

After astronauts set the Eagle down on the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one great leap for mankind.” He was the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Other space travelers followed including the commander of the last Apollo mission, Gene Cema. “There I was and there you are, the earth dynamic overwhelming and I felt it was just too beautiful to happen. ” Even from their unique view in deep space these men understood their smallness in comparison to the vastness of the universe.

The prophet Jeremiah also considered the immensity of God as Center and Sustainer of the earth and beyond.”The maker of all promised to reveal Himself intimately as He offered his people love, forgiveness, and hope.” Jeremiah 31:32-34 Jeremiah affirms God’s enormity as He who “appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, our Creator and Lord Almighty will reign above all as He works to redeem all of his people. We will never finish exploring the immeasurable vastness of the heavens and depths of the earth’s foundations. But we can stand in awe at the complexity of the universe and trust the maker of the moon and everything else.

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By Larry Williamson

May – All of One Blood

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I use to give blood to the Red Cross when I was in the Navy. As I was undergoing the procedure, I looked at the other donors. Although our ethnic backgrounds were different, the same thing keeping each of us alive united us. And we were willing to give it to other to keep them alive. We were united by patriotism, a sense of justice, and equal citizenship. Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:15 Christ validated his words by offering his blood to atone for our sins. Today as we remember those who died while serving our country, we also give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice.

Chaplain’s Message

A Prayer for Strength When Weary

Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.

The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.

I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don’t I need your strength, God?

You are my rock, and I run to you today, believing that you will lift up my heavy arms, that you will fuel me for the tasks you’ve given me, and that your joy will completely consume the weakness of my life and make me strong again. I don’t want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. I’m tired of feeble efforts. Lord, I want to mount up with wings like an eagle and not just fly. I want to soar.

Chaplain’s Corner

This month of March, the presence of God will be with me and my entire household: both far and near all through this new month, in Jesus’ Name! May Your divine Light shine on me this March. My going out and coming is blessed sufficiently, in Jesus’ Name Lord thank you for my days of labour are turning around for favour and my effort crowned with testimonies in Jesus name Lord thank you for eradicating the spread of any disease no matter how deadly it may be from this nation and nations around the world I decree, no power from the pit of hell shall conclude my case in this new month of March, in the name of Jesus.