Commentary

December 13, 2013

Chaplain thoughts

StNicholasIcon[1]
The Real Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Christian bishop is considered the real-life model for our modern-day Santa Claus.

Bishop Nicholas came from a rather wealthy family. It is said that he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering. He became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children and his concern for sailors.

He once said, “The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving by grace through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

Nicholas became a Christmas legend when he helped a poor man and his three daughters. This poor man had no dowry to ensure his daughters would find good husbands. The daughters, without a dowry, were destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left in front of the fire to dry. Thus came about the custom of hanging stockings by the fire place in hopes that Saint Nicholas would come.

Through all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, think about how you can touch the life of someone right next to you. All around us are people struggling in these difficult economic times. Those who are struggling look much like you and me. Find a way to make a difference; drop some change in the bell ringer’s pot, donate food and clothing to a shelter, pay some or the entire grocery bill for the family in line behind you, take a meal to the family down the street, or volunteer at a soup kitchen.

These generous acts of kindness often have a greater impact on people than you will ever know. Follow your heart and Saint Nicholas’ lead, and do something totally unexpected for someone else. You might just be their “Saint Nicholas!”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Lightening-within-five

Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.
 
 

Program smooths change from military to civilian life

It can be difficult to find work in today’s economy, even more so for families that are moving to a new area or families that are transitioning from military to civilian life. One program available to veterans is the Workforce Investment Act, which can help veterans have a smooth transition to civilian work. The 56th...
 
 

New form second chance to do EPRs right

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago....
 

 

Plan for final out

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one...
 
 

News Briefs August 22, 2014

Commander’s call Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold a commander’s call Monday in the Luke Air Force Base theater at 7 a.m. for Airmen, 9 a.m. for NCOs, 11 a.m. for senior NCOs, 1 p.m. for civilians, 3 p.m. for officers and 5 p.m. for those not able to make another...
 
 
Airman 1st Class 
JAMES HENSLEY

Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin