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December Chaplain's Reflections

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina -- "You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all..." Psalm 61:3 (The Message)

One of the busiest times of the year has arrived...the period between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. This is the season when various religious and family traditions are celebrated. Fitting in parties, shopping, and even attending worship services can pull us in many directions.

Celebrations and times of reflecting can be exciting and yet leave us breathless. During this festive season where will you find your time to stop and "smell the roses?" It is not easy to do and for each of us it can look very different. So how important is it to breathe? It's a matter of life and death. During the month of December and in the New Year, take time to make meaningful memories while remembering to make room to breathe and pace yourself.

In Psalm 61:3, the psalmist explains how God is a trustworthy source to get away from it all and grants us "room to breathe." Where do you find your resting place where you can breathe easy? Do you go there often? Now is a good time to take a deep breath as we will soon be wearing gas masks in preparation for our upcoming unit inspection.

May God's grace and peace be with you and your family during the holiday season.