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November Chaplain's Reflections

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina -- "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to not have the function of your mobility? What if you could not pick up a newborn baby to give them a kiss and welcome them to the world or hike the Appalachian Trail through a fall canopy of colored leaves? There are many things we take for granted until we have them no more.

This is also true of the important people in our lives. After they are gone, we remember the impact they had and how they touched us. Even though we are separated from them physically, their legacy will continue to live on.

In my civilian chaplain ministry, I help come alongside families who are grieving the end of a pregnancy or their baby's death. I watch as they discover meaning and remembrances of the brief life as a guide to help them cope and carry on the memory.

Press on in the reality that your life is shaped by those who joined you on your journey of life, no matter the breath, and rest in the comfort of God as your ever present help no matter the circumstance. I encourage everyone to pause this coming holiday season and remember the lives of loved ones who have died. Love and memories shared are strengths that death can never take away. Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 0815 and 1100 for our first Annual Remembrance Service in the Wing Headquarters Auditorium.

May God's blessings and peace be with our Swamp Fox family in times past, present and future.