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Chaplain’s Corner

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

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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.

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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)

 

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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

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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

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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