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August 29, 2014

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler,
56th Fighter Wing Chapel

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis has a character in one of his books who speaks of the Law of Undulation. The law is simply this; life is marked by ups and downs. The present unpleasant circumstance that may be marring your life will pass. In contrast, if everything is great in your life, you are likely to have some sort of setback.

Decisions made in the depths of despair often are poor ones. The grieving person who makes a major financial decision may regret it in the light of a better, brighter day. The student, who bails after the first bad mark, may miss the opportunity to turn the class around and get a passing mark.

I have a friend who walked through the tragic loss of his spouse to cancer. He, like so many people around us, hung on during the struggle and came out on the other side a stronger and better man. His consistent counsel to Airmen in the midst of trials is simply this: “Things will get better.” His life speaks to the truth that it is possible to walk through great adversity, grief and loss and come out on the other side a stronger, more compassionate person. In our pain and grief we can believe the lie that life will never get better, or we can pause and remember my friend’s wise counsel: Things will get better.

If you are walking through a difficult time, I urge you to seek help. Chaplains, mental health professionals and military family life consultants all stand ready to listen and assist. Also consider a call back home to mom or dad, or a friend.

Bottom line — if you are feeling the crush of life, find someone to share the load with you. And remember, things will get better.

Blessing From Above

 




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