BILL STEWART RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD
Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, February 2019
Ah yes, love is in the air. It’s Valentine month. Time to impress the love of our life with cards, flowers, presents, and kisses. But wait, isn’t that suppose to be happening each month? You say it’s not happening with my spouse or main squeeze. And for eleven months, the bloom is off the rose. It’s, hi, how are you. What’s for dinner or where do you want to go tonight? Sit down for a minute and let me splain’ something. A relationship takes work, and if you want it to last, you must make it your goal to do something that sustains it. Start by making a date night each week. Give each other a chance to decide where or what you want to do. Share responsibility with the jobs that need to be completed and complement each other when you see the effort expended making something happen. The bible says we are to encourage one another. There are multiple verses but here’s one that will get you started: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1st Thessalonians 5:11). If you haven’t been doing this, clear the table and start today. You’ll be amazed at the change that takes place in how you feel about yourself and the one you love. While you’re at it, apply this mindset to each person you meet.
We also celebrated Presidents’ Day. Two men who made a remarkable impact on our Nation, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, were born during this month. I served under President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and President Johnson. Each of these men left their mark seeing us through major events. Sadly, under Kennedy, the Vietnam war kicked into high gear on 2/28/1961. Over 58,000 men and women died during this war. Most of those who came home did so with the devastating impact of P.T.S.D.; or drug addiction; or partial and permanent disabilities; or the terrible effects of Agent Orange. As General William Tecumseh Sherman was burning down Atlanta in 1864, he made this famous statement, “War is Hell”. This applies to every period of our world history when death and destruction rained downed upon human kind. What has been gained by these acts of terror? Nothing but the incredible loss of life; devastation of property; permanent waste lands created; hearts broken; and the Kingdom of Hell expanded. Had man only applied the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians, every day would be Valentine’s day.
The greatest act of love is found in John 3:16. “For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Pray that God’s peace will overcome the world, and that man may learn to solve his problems through the love of Christ. Shalom.
Sick call: Ed Baker; Cheryl Foss (our beloved cook)
Taps: David Evans