By Chaplain (Maj.) Clark Sneed “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. These words from the Gospel of John chase away my anxiety, which I confess has been abundant lately. They echo the opening words of the book of Genesis, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” I don’t know exactly why they calm me. Perhaps it is … [Read more...] about “In the beginning…”
By Chaplain (Capt.) Vance Awa Do you ever daydream? It is actually an important practice. Go ahead, take a moment. This thought comes from a break in the day where I took a moment, sat back in my office chair and listened to the yelling of cadences, the booms and pops going on outside. I listened to the hustle and bustle of the staff shops as we all made preparations and put plans into … [Read more...] about Daydreaming as a spiritual act
By Chaplain (Capt.) David Redden It has been said that the more responsibility you have, the more contingency plans you must make. If you are not careful, your expectations of life can become more about the negative hurdles than the journey toward success. Being joyful in hope speaks to the mental and emotional state of being during trials. If God is a part of our life, and he is, then God is a … [Read more...] about Maintaining a good pace through patience and faith
By Chaplain (Capt.) Rich Baldwin How do you combat an enemy that cannot be sensibly perceived? How can you determine their strength when the only evidence of their existence is the body count? What’s more, how can you effectively neutralize this enemy when their attacks turn your own into enemy foot soldiers? In short, you can’t. This is, of course, the exact enemy we face with things like … [Read more...] about Battling a tired psyche
By Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Ailstock I have a confession to make. Are you ready? Here it goes. I like stuff. There, I finally said it. What a relief to finally get that off my chest. “I…like…stuff.” I like new phones, shiny cars, new fishing and hunting gear. I like new books, new technology, new adventures and new ideas. Let me ask you a couple of tough questions. These are questions I find … [Read more...] about Learning to be content in all circumstances
By Chaplain (Maj.) Bryan Hensley The Heisman Trophy, to me, is the grandest trophy in football; it is the image of a player from the past, running with the ball, executing the classic “stiff-arm,” holding off the tackler causing him to fall in defeat. The runner tucks the ball away and runs toward the goal. There is nothing quite like breaking a tackle. I know less about that, but more about … [Read more...] about Drop the stiff-arm
By Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph McCall “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will not fear evil. For you are with me…” -Psalm 23:1-4 These words are attributed to King David. He … [Read more...] about God in the shadows
By Chaplain (Capt.) Matt Woodside When I was kid, my heroes were sports figures. One of my earliest basketball heroes was Julius Erving of the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers. My older brother introduced me to the moves and game of Erving, who was known in basketball circles as Dr. J. He was aptly named because of his precision moves and surgeon-like skills on the court. Dr. J could slice through … [Read more...] about The Resurrection of Jesus: It’s one of a kind
By Chaplain (Maj.) Jorge Budez Special to GUIDON Every year, the liturgical calendar of the church begins Holy Week with Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday depicts the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, “The Holy City,” where the crowd received him as their king. However, this enthusiastic entrance contrasts with the Calvary experience only one week later. For many Christians, it is easy to join … [Read more...] about Entering and exiting Jerusalem
By Chaplain (Capt.) Thomas Robinson This week, we still find ourselves in the season of Lent, that 40 days before Easter in the Christian calendar. As we know, many Christians resolve to give up something: coffee, animal products, certain TV shows, Netflix and the like. So, let’s look at giving up coffee. In the grand scheme of things, what is the real value of giving up coffee? Are we … [Read more...] about Repentance and coffee
By Sgt. 1st Class Mike Hieb Special to GUIDON The World War I-era Army slogan was “I Want YOU for the US Army,” featuring a poster of Uncle Sam. As a teen in the 1980s, I remember the Army urging me to “Be All You Can Be.” When I joined the Army in 2001, I was exhorted to become an “Army of One.” Since then, the Army slogan has moved on to “Army Strong,” and now, “What’s Your … [Read more...] about What is an Army of one?
By Chaplain (Capt.) Ariel Castillo Special to GUIDON In this time as we approach Easter, we may find ourselves hearing a lot about the word “Lent.” Lent simply means “springtime” in Old English, but over time, it has come to connote 40 days set aside for spiritual renewal. Have you ever appreciated the benefits of a good spring cleaning of the office or home? Similarly, our hearts … [Read more...] about How is your Lent going?
By Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Doyl McMurry Special to GUIDON Look at the television listings, and you will find channels airing shows about home renovations. They cover almost every aspect of home renovations. There are even shows that show the disastrous outcomes of home repair done by an inexperienced homeowner. There are various reasons for home renovation. One construction website … [Read more...] about Is renovation enough?
By Martha Strong Special to GUIDON Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, a day when many Christians attend a worship service to receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross. The ashes are a sign of repentance and reminder of the frailty of life. It is the beginning of the season of Lent, 40 days that lead up to the celebration of Easter Sunday. Lent is a time of reflection and … [Read more...] about Lent: A time for spiritual renewal
By Chaplain (Maj.) Joshua Metz Special to GUIDON This week’s reading comes from Matthew 5:38-48, where we find Christ’s teaching on the lex talionis, the ancient law principle often transliterated as the “law of retaliation.” His famous response to the principle of “an eye for an eye” is to “turn the other cheek.” Christians have debated for millennia on how to interpret this passage, and … [Read more...] about Turning the other cheek and ‘Just War’