Commentary

April 19, 2013

The Chaplain’s Corner

The blooms of Spring have finally made their grand appearance, so why not take a moment to go outside, enjoy the vibrant sights and breathe the sweet fragrances in the air. Each season has its own special meaning and spring reminds me of two: life and hope.

A few weeks earlier, two major religious holidays were celebrated, Passover and Easter. Those who celebrated Passover paused to remember years long ago, when God brought people out of slavery into freedom, with promise of a brighter future. During Easter, believers reflected on the acts of one person who endured much pain and death, yet through it all, brought renewed life and meaning for generations to come.

Growing up in the Northeast near Lake Ontario, I endured long, cold winters for many years. Out of all the seasons given, winter was the harshest. The temperatures stayed well below freezing, for what seemed like months at a time. The days were dark and dreary, leaving us to wonder if spring would ever come. Then, we began to notice a change; the snow would start melting, the ice would thaw, and before we knew it, the sweet smell of grass and flowers began to scent the air.

Life can be tough, cold and dark, just like the seasons; perhaps you are in a season like this right now. Let me remind you that no matter how endless hard times seem or how dark it may get and cold it may feel, there is still hope – a life with new meaning awaits you. The challenges, trials and pain we face in life will not last forever.

Remember, life is like a season and just like the appearance of Spring, we again breathe the sweet fragrances of new life and hope.

So, take heart and be encouraged! Even when we feel alone in our trials and tough seasons, a new season awaits us, filled with joy and blessing.

 

God Bless!




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher

Rising Six adds splash of color to drill weekends

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Runners are dowsed with color by volunteers as they round the last station before crossing the finish line during the 5K Fun Color Run Aug. 9, hosted by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing ...
 
 

B-17 duty was tiring yet memorable

(Second in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) B-17 Flying Fortresses were noisy, cold and reliable, men who flew and repaired them for the 452nd Bombardment Group recall. “It was so loud, I could yell in the pilot’s ear from six inches away and he couldn’t hear me,” said...
 
 

Service members receiving RAND Military Workplace Survey

FORT MEADE, Md. — About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said. Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate. “The survey is unprecedented in its scale and...
 

 

452 Aerial Port Support Flight hosts Marine training operation

More than two dozen light armored reconnaissance vehicles, equipment and personnel were transported by the 1st Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion from Camp Pendleton, California, to launch a training operation at March Air Reserve Base, July 21. This exercise allowed the 1st LAR the ability to apply capabilities and core mission essential tasks learned at their...
 
 
Courtesy photo

HomeStrong USA gives opportunity for free home-ownership to local military veteran

Courtesy photo A volunteer, working with HomeStrong USA, makes repairs on the outside of a home that is being renovated for a deserving veteran. The non-profit organization donates renovated single-family homes to eligible vete...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2014

BONE MARROW DRIVE HERE SEPT 13 March Top 3 Association is hosting the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, Salute to Life Drive on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in the grassy area outside the base Fitness Center, Bldg. 465 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. It’s quick and painless! Please join us in...
 




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