Stewart Christmas letter - 2018
We have entered a season when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Much has been written about this event, but I want you to concentrate on what makes it special. It was the first day of our Lord's journey to the cross. It would have no significance if it was recording the first day of a journey we're all on, because our journey ends before the throne He sits upon. He is the “Great I Am,” the Alpha and Omega, our Messiah. Through Him “all things are possible.” We trust you have seen His hand upon your life this year, and if you haven't, come to His feet and ask Him into your life. The greatest gift of all. Given freely because He loves you.
This year has been filled with changes and events. Our Daughter Michelle’s job remains the same as she cares for young pregnant women through the Nurse-Family partnership program. She covers at least 60 miles of the Northern tier of Pennsylvania. Our son-in-law, Todd, has added a Real-estate license to his resume as he continues his full-time work at the DoIt Center in Troy, PA. They were hit by a major flood this year where thousands of dollars of construction material washed away. His truck survived this event as the water only filled the floorboard of the cab. Our oldest grandson, Jon, is now employed by a Ministry called the “MAMA Project” in Harleysville, PA. He is handling their public relations and newsletters. He is going on a trip to Tanzania and will be the videographer for the team. Our 2nd oldest grandson, Matt, is employed by a major Architectural firm in Arizona. They are currently working on a billion-dollar project in Texas. His wife, Nicole, is finishing her degree work as she pursues her goal of becoming an Army doctor. Our youngest grandson, Evan, is employed by the State of Pennsylvania in the Forestry Department. He spends most of his day outdoors. Our oldest granddaughter, Corinne, is finishing her final year of training to be a nurse. This is a hospital-based program, just like her mother pursued. Our son, Bill, had a rough year with his Landscape Business since the rains in Spain fell mainly in Northern PA. Our daughter-in-law, Trina, continues her position with the financial consulting firm in Williamsport. Her evenings are spent chauffeuring our youngest granddaughter, Kyla, to four different dance lessons. Her teacher sees her potential.
Now I share some news that needs your prayer. After nearly a year trying to isolate a neurological problem Arlene has been battling, they have diagnosed it as Stiff Person’s Syndrome. She has started infusions of immune gamma globulin. This is to help control her condition. She had prayer some time ago and sensed God telling her she would be healed. I have essentially become her care giver since her one hand does not function. I am able to get out and play golf, which translates to God’s Only Living Fool. Did you know the cries of a golfer sounds very much like a moose in heat?
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Family and Friends. We love you. Blessings.
Bill & Arlene
BILL STEWART RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD
Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, November 2018
The month of November offered some important dates to remember. Once again, we were asked to do our civic duty and go to the voting booth on the 6th. On the 10th, our Marine corps was established in 1775. Yes, it came into existence when our Navy was formed, two years prior to the signing of our constitution. This year, we celebrated Veterans day on the 12th with a solemn ceremony at the Memorial Garden. A little recognized military action was ended on the 21st day when we settled an uprising on the Island of Grenada in 1983. We lost 19 of our soldiers and had 116 wounded. The final event was gathering to celebrate our Thanksgiving Day on the 22nd with family and friends. Here’s a list of a few things I’m thankful for:
- To live in a country that offers me the freedom to write this letter.
- The freedom to move across this Country without being stopped at a boarder.
- The right to work where I choose and receive a competitive salary.
- The right to retire from working.
- The pension I earned through Social Security and the medical care that is covered by my government.
- To live where I choose.
- The right of religious freedom
The bible speaks about giving thanks. Here’s the toughest verse to accept. We are to give thanks in all things. (1st Thessalonians 5:18) “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” That means the good and the bad things that happen in your life. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, it says: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under the heaven.” Our response? But God, Why? Because He is our Creator. Because He has a plan for our lives. Because He established our footsteps. Because He is the Great I am.
There is a great song sung in church titled “Give Thanks with a grateful Heart” written by Henry Smith. Here are the opening verses:
“Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy one; Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. And now let the weak say, “I am strong”; let the poor say, “I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us”.
If we could just hold tight to these verses, whatever happens, we can have peace because God has given us everything we need. His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, so we might have life Everlasting! What happens on earth is only for a twinkling of the eye. It’s the eternal life that He wants to prepare us for. Give thanks and be blessed.