Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, January, 2018
Another year begins, and no one knows what lies ahead. Well, God does because He has everything prepared for each of us. Do you know that He has no time frame, so what happens tomorrow is not on His clock. You are on His mind because He cares about each of us. How do I know that? His Son tells us in His word that He walks with us; He knows our every thought; and He is preparing a place for us In His Father’s house. “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” John 14: 1-4 Do you understand that life on earth is temporary? It’s a place of preparation for eternal life. Most of us in Post 186 are as they would say in the Air Force, “on final approach”. The Army might say “our last mile”. Marines would throw in “the last hill”. The Navy would add “coming ashore”. And finally, the Coast Guard would say “we’re back in harbor”. Requesting permission to fall out, Sir. Who will be remembered at “Post Everlasting” this year? Twenty of our members went home between Veterans Day 2016 and 2017. I’m sure some of you are wishing I would not be reminding you of how fragile life is, but it’s a reality. I am sharing this to let you see that we do not know the day or hour the bell will toll, but just as we prepared ourselves to serve our Nation according to the terms of the military, we must also be ready to serve our Lord according to the terms He has established. You say you do not know His terms? Well here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put up a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the lobby offering you an opportunity to come and asks questions about the bible that you have pondered or struggled with as you walk your walk. The Date and time will be announced. The first session will be to list your questions. The following sessions, I will invite a member of the Clergy to join me for an open discussion on your questions. The study will not be intended to take the place of a House of worship. There will be no denominational doctrines applied. It will be a study of God’s word to see His plan, not man’s plan. There will be no fee required, and the only book we will use is the bible. This gathering is independent of Post 186.
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? I trust one of those resolutions was your plan to volunteer to ease the load of those who are making it possible for you to enjoy the activities at our Post. We have over 700 members. Just one hour from each member would make things hum a lot better each day. Buying a drink or eating a sandwich does not cover the cost of daily operations. It helps, but there are hands on projects. I am going to recommend that we post a list of needs, so you can pick and choose. Blessings.
Sick call as of January 25th: Doug Blaney
Taps as of January 25th: Robert E. Flanagan