The duties of the Chaplain are to pronounce the invocation and the benediction at Legion meetings, as well as perform such other acts as would fall within the realm of his/her office as the spiritual leader. They should conduct the memorial service when such is needed.
As the Legion is composed of men and women of different creeds and faiths, the Chaplain must be a person of tolerance and sympathy toward all.
Chaplain Post 291, Ken Wilson (949) 230-2826
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Chaplain’s Corner Post 291
Well, we are now under the leadership of President Biden and his administration. Covid-19 still threatens the whole world. Pfizer, Moderna and soon Johnson & Johnson vaccines will roll out in greater numbers to meet the demands of a restless citizenry. Patio dining is opening again and sad to say many more businesses have failed to reopen, perhaps never to be open again. Tragically, we may have lost loved ones to Covid-19.
Where do we find our hope and peace in the midst of an ever changing world i.e. a health crisis, grief and not so friendly political climate? We may find it in activity; staying busy and ignoring all that is happening around us. We may find it in TV or movie programs; taking our mind off the intrusion of reality. We may find it in support groups, counseling sessions or medications. We may find it in some type of faith and belief system i.e. be it church, synagogue, mosque or temple. As Legionnaires we may find it in our common bond as veterans. Let’s review out preamble.
THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE
“For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100-percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”
“FOR GOD AND COUNTRY, WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER…This is the introduction. It declares that The American Legion recognizes the influence of Almighty God in all worthwhile endeavors-and declares the allegiance of Legionnaires to both God and Nation. First things have been put first. All that follows is in conformity.”
For me and I hope for you as Legionnaires, “Almighty God” keeps first things first. That is where we will find our hope and peace. So when we are bombarded by the news of the day or pressured by the demands of our work schedule or we are feeling isolated and lonely, may you each find refuge in God!
February is a month we remember our Presidents, our military battles, our 4 Chaplains Day (check out the Chaplain’s Corner and watch the 4 Chaplains video) and our religious heritage with Ash Wednesday. February is also the month we celebrate Valentines’ Day. A tradition built on love and self-sacrifice of a saint that lived in the 3rd century A.D. There are different legends/stories about St. Valentine but each legend/story presents us with someone who defied the Roman leadership in order to spread the love of God in Christ.
May the preamble statement “For God and Country” be based on love. “Almighty God” can be stated this way; “Almighty Love.” I John 11, 12 “My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love! Peace and hope come out of love!
For God and Country, Chaplain Ken
Ken Wilson, Chaplain
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