Freedom | Give Thanks to Veterans

Give thanks to all the service personnel who have protected our country. Show them your appreciation. While I have received much appreciation for my 4 years in the military service, I am one who is appreciative of what the service did for me. I got to spend three years in Europe with the US Air Force during the early 50’s.  If there was ever appreciation time, that was it. The dollar to the German mark was 4.20.  Gasoline was $.15 a gallon. Yes, the decimal point is correctly placed.  The rest and recreation centers in Garmisch were $.75 cents a night and you could eat out in one of Wiesbaden’s best restaurants for $1.50. I think many veterans feel appreciative and thankful of acquiring many skills that lasted a lifetime while they were serving their...

Building Blocks | Daily Virtues

Everyone needs to pursue and use the following building blocks of life:   Hope – Look forward to your desires with anticipation Inspiration – Influence and motivate others   Courage – Persist in what you know is right  Comfort – Aid and assist those in need LOVE – Show concern for the good of others   Can anyone truly be successful if they are not guided by these fundamentals? Acquire, share, and cherish these virtues and make them a part of your...

Faith

It has always seemed to me that people who suddenly acquired faith have gone through an extreme crisis in their lives. I have faith, but I cannot connect it to any huge crisis. My faith grew as I recognized the many blessings I received throughout my life. Faith is a wonderful gift from God. Make it one of the cornerstones of your life. It will see you through whatever happens to come your...

Chaplain’s Message: Enjoy Each Day

The Rev. John Gray in a recent column of Roll Call, the official newsletter of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans association, had a message that I thought was right on target. Here is what he had to say about living out our lives. “It doesn’t help to dwell on that reality. I believe we need to take things, one day at a time, sometimes even one minute at a time. Death will come when it comes. In the meantime I firmly believe God wants us to enjoy each day as best we can. I also believe we don’t have to do everything ourselves. God will take care of our worries and concerns, including our eventual demise. It seems in my old age I am learning all over again how to turn my days over to the Lord in prayer, letting God take care of what I cannot. And then, when I am free of all those impossible concerns and worries I can better focus on what I can do – which is to be more patient with myself and to pay more attention to what is going on around me, day by day; to enjoy the day to its fullest. Life does get tedious; the days seem shorter and my memory is not as sharp as it was even a year ago. Growing old is certainly not for sissies, but praise God, help is available. We have always been in God’s hands; that never...