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Chaplain's Corner

CH (COL) Ron Crews, USAR (R) and Mrs Crews

April 2021

 

I recently read a piece on FaceBook (written by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Church in Atlanta) that spoke to me:

       “Sometimes I just want it to stop.  Talk of COVID, looting, brutality… I become convinced that this ‘new normal’ is real life.  Then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, the Viet Nam War, and yet is still enchanted with life.

       “He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must have been especially challenging for him. ‘No’, he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes.  ‘I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines; I see the world through the people who surround me.  I see the world with the realization that we love big.  Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines:

                                         ‘Husband Loves Wife Today.’

                   ‘Family Drops Everything To Come To Grandma’s Bedside.’ 

He patted my hand and said,

                                          ‘Old Man Makes New Friend.’

       “His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight.  They float away.  I am left with a renewed spirit and a new way to write my own headlines.”

So, what headlines are you reading today?  Take a look around you.  Are there some headlines that you can write that would make a difference in how you view your world?

 

The Psalmist, King David, put it this way:

“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
          for I will yet praise him,
          my Savior and my God.”  Psalm 42:11

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