By Chaplain (Capt.) Ariel Castillo
Special to GUIDON
As we start the month of November, the holiday season is coming quickly upon us — the most wonderful time of the year.
I get euphoric thoughts, even now, of turkeys roasting or frying, family and friends filled with a spirit of thanksgiving, kids singing “Jingle Bells” and everyone telling me to be of good cheer.
But isn’t it odd that the most joyful time of the year comes as the winter solstice nears?
In the winter, vegetation dies, animals hibernate and people hunker down to brace themselves for the blistering cold and dark months to come.
Yet as the coldest, darkest time of the year approaches, we anticipate warmth and light in our hearts.
For this reason, the prophet Isaiah wrote long ago, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”
It seems the warmth and light of hope, peace, joy and love comes to us just when we need it the most in the calendar year.
This is the spirit of the season — the anticipation of something wonderful at a time when we don’t expect it, yet need it most.
Whether we plan to remain in the area or travel afar this holiday season, I invite us to reserve a few moments to reflect on what hope, peace, joy and love we can embody throughout this season and into the new year.
God often loves people through his people.
So, let’s prepare ourselves to be the warmth and light Fort Leonard Wood may not expect but so desperately needs this time of year.
Let’s do our part in making the 2019 holiday season the most wonderful time of the year.
(Editor’s note: Castillo is the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment chaplain.)