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.
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Greetings Post 291 family. Hope your Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza celebrations gave you time for family and friends.
I read a devotion recently that influenced this message. There is really nothing new under the sun that I can say about the New Year. Every January 1st is a reminder of starting something new. Perhaps you want to plan a special vacation, start that needed workout, pursue a new hobby or read several books you ordered that still collect dust? New Year’s resolutions are as varied as there are people on earth.
The past couple of years have been challenging to say the least. You may have experienced the loss of a loved one or a birth of a loved one; happiness and heartache has accompanied us in our journey since the Covid outbreak. Are we focused on the losses and missed opportunities or looking forward with anticipation of what 2022 holds for each of us? Wherever you are on this life’s journey, God is up to something new.
The Message translates Isaiah 43:19 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present.”
Take time to carve out a place to sit with God. You might ask God, “Am I holding on to things you want me to let go of? Am I continually recycling old history that keeps me stuck in the past? What lesson do I need to learn from the past in order to move forward? Am I missing out on what new things you are showing me daily?”
You might also ask God to show you people in your life that may have offended you. If someone has offended you that is the person you need to forgive in order to remove bitterness, hate and vengeance. If you are waiting for an apology, it may never happen. Forgiveness is to heal yourself more than letting the other person “off the hook.”
You may also want to ask God to reveal dreams and hopes for you in 2022. “God, what are your plans for me this New Year?”
Regardless whether you receive answers, visions, dreams and guidance, you can rest in God’s comfort that you are valued, loved, accepted and forgiven. God can make a way for you in the midst of confusion and chaos. The rest of Isaiah 43:19 states, “I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
For God and Country,
Chaplain Ken Wilson
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