Chaplain’s Corner – January 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain

CHAPLAIN’s CORNER by Gary Phillips, Chaplain

As we begin a new year and there is the uncertainty of our nation’s political future. I search for scripture to ease my mind sometimes, after viewing the evening news or Sunday talk shows. I have lifted a few examples to share.

Practice Acceptance.

This doesn’t mean giving up. Instead of expending energy resisting the circumstances, just experience them, even tho’ you can’t predict the outcome. As Paul notes in Romans, “We know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (8 :28)

Be Intentional About Rejoicing.

In Philippians, Paul writes to people who are struggling. He, himself is in prison. It is a dark time; yet there is great hopefulness in his letter. In verses 4:4-9, Paul links joy and worry, reminding us that they can happen at the same time. He urges us to see GOD’s presence in all situations and take joy in it. “Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

And please… say a special prayer of thanks for all of the men and women currently serving around the world, both military and civilian, in service to this great nation and for their families… for those who served in the past and for the loved ones left to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for these United States. GOD BLESS AMERICA!