Meaningful message from Chaplain Larry Wiliamson

Chaplain’s Corner

In Memory of Donna Fischer

A precious one from us has gone.

A voice we love is stilled.

A chair is vacant in our Auxiliary

Which never can be filled.”

“We have come to give by our simple token, official expression of the grief of this Auxiliary. May we bow our heads in prayer?”

Chaplain: “Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, felicity. We give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those Thy servants, who have finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech Thee, that we with all those who are departed in true faith of Thy Holy Name, may have perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and in soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting Glory, through our Lord. AMEN”

Chaplain: “O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, accept our prayers on behalf of Thy servant departed, and grant her entrance into the land of light and joy in the fellowship of Thy saints; through our Lord, the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight; through our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and ever. AMEN.”

Chaplain’s Corner

“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown

When you replace ‘lose’ with ‘learn’ in your vocabulary, the thought of failure becomes less daunting and lets you focus on growth.

As we move into the new year as AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS, we have a set of new officers and new members. Officers should not be afraid to start something new, build new programs for the growth of our membership, bring Americanism learning back into the schools, and awareness of the purpose of our organization through the community. We welcome all new members, encourage involvement by attending meetings and volunteering. Working together will build a better AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS.

Chaplain’s Corner

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.

Amen

Chaplain’s Corner

When our faith stands at the grave,
grieving for a stone that’s rolled away,
forgive us.

When our faith is short of understanding
though the truth is there to see,
forgive us.

When our faith, beset by doubt, sees no further
than an empty tomb today,
forgive us.

Bring to mind the cry of Mary,
‘I have seen the Lord!’
and grant us faith to believe!

Chaplain’s Corner

What a delight it is each year to welcome the newness and freshness of springtime. Wherever you live, whatever the climate, spring is a reminder that resurrection is possible, and renewal is wonderful. It’s enough to make a person want to pray. And what better prayers can we offer at this time of year than a springtime prayer such as the following:

 A Hymn of John Newton

Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by your gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.

On your garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon your presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

(Adapted from A Hymn for Spring by John Newton)
 

Whether you welcome this new season with the above, or pen a paean of praise that is all your own, may a new season of prayer blossom in your heart and life. 

Chaplain’s report

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials…Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2,12, RSV

Lord our God, be with us. Touch us with your Spirit so that our hearts may receive something from you. Let us find joy even in a life of struggle and temptation. Let us find joy in every need we face, even in the agony of death. Protect us through your Word, and let it always be a light to us so that we can follow you and do your will. Be with us on all our ways. Guide everything with your hand until the goal for all humankind is reached and we may rejoice over all the trials and testing because in the end the glorious prize can be won. Amen.

Chaplain’s Corner

As we observe Veterans Day this year, let’s pray for the safety of the almost 200,000 U.S. troops who are currently deployed overseas in 177 countries and for the countless veterans and civilians right here on our soil who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD affects an estimated 12 to 20 percent of non-injured veterans and 32 percent of veterans who have been in combat. It’s a debilitating illness that can result when a person lives through a traumatic event such as war. The condition is often either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and people who have no experience with it often don’t understand it. The slightest sound, smell, or movement can trigger flashbacks and cause a person with the condition to relive the trauma.

PTSD is associated with a high suicide risk and can be difficult to treat. 

Veterans with PTSD often face additional difficulties that compound their suffering. For example, people who oppose the U.S. government’s military involvement may criticize or even attack veterans who served in conflicts. And there is still a stigma regarding behaviors that may be interpreted as mental illness. Soldiers on active duty often keep silent about their PTSD symptoms because they fear that they will be considered weak if they seek treatment.

This Veterans Day, and every day, you can contribute to the healing process by praying for friends and loved ones suffering from PTSD and by encouraging them to seek treatment and to reach out to the Lord for help. Proclaim the Good News — no, the Great News — that God’s grace can enable veterans and civilians alike to conquer PTSD and rebuild their lives.