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
Chaplain’s Corner Post 291
Feb. 3rd is “The Four Chaplains Day”
There is a video you can review to learn about this special day. Click on it to be encouraged. John 15:3 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Not only do we celebrate and remember The Four Chaplains Day in February, we also celebrate and remember two special Presidents of The United States of America. George Washington, our first President and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President.
Movies, books and innumerable articles are available to learn of these great men of faith and dedication to the birth and unity of the USA. I want to focus on their sense of God and Providence.
George Washington faced the uncharted waters of leading a newly born nation as the first President. His sense of God’s providence was foundational to his leadership. George Washington was a “quietly religious man.” He attended the Anglican Church most of his life. When attending the Constitutional Convention, he would attend Catholic, Quaker and Presbyterian churches. “Washington used the word “God” 146 times in his personal and public writings, many of which were in his public speeches  and while some were regularly used phrases such as “thank God,” “God knows,” “for God’s sake,” or “my God!” there are many other examples where Washington used thoughtful expressions about God and His Providence.” (Wikipedia “Religious Views of George Washington.)
Washington had a keen understanding of the importance of religion for a republican government. “His 1796 Farewell Address, written by Alexander Hamilton and revised by himself, said that it was unrealistic to expect that a whole nation, whatever might be said of minds of peculiar structure, could long be moral without religion, that national morality is necessary for good government, and that politicians should cherish religion’s support of national morality.”
Abraham Lincoln as our 16th President faced with the uncharted waters of keeping our nation united in the face of American Civil War. He was a man of the Bible. “He frequently referred to God and had a deep knowledge of the Bible.” Some biographers argue whether he was Christian, Deist, or Unitarian. One fact is clear, he knew the Bible and depended on its message, wisdom and encouragement. “Mr. Lincoln’s political principles were based on the American Founding which he studied from an early age. Those principles combined reverence for the Declaration of Independence with respect for the Constitution.”(William E. Miller, Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography)
Lincoln’s core values included freedom, justice, reason, mercy, and honor. One of Abraham Lincoln’s other dominant virtues was gratitude: “To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything,” said President-elect Lincoln as he left Springfield on February 10, 1861. “Here I have been a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail.”107 Abraham Lincoln knew from whence he came and where he wanted to go.”(William E. Miller, Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography)
If you want to be encouraged by music,
take time to press the link above for Hillsong “Remembrance”
For God and Country, Chaplain Ken Wilson.
Ken Wilson, Chaplain
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