September 21, 2009

Nurture The Living, Care For The Wounded And Honor The Dead

The title of this blog sums up what I have been doing since my last post. Actually, this is the chaplain's mission statement. I have not been good at communicating to you all of what is going on here. Some of this has to do with the fact that most of the time I really do not have much to say. It is "Ground Hogs Day." I do the same things day in and out. I have reached a rhythm of sorts. That is to be expected since I have been deployed for almost 8 months. Yes, it has been that long. 

Since I last wrote I had to do the part of my job that no chaplain wants to do, honor the dead. On August 23 I lost a soldier to an IED. It was a Sunday morning and I was getting ready for chapel while just a few miles down the road my soldiers were attacked. One soldier died and two others were injured. I am thankful that we only lost one, but I am sad that we lost one. We worked to get everything right for the memorial, and I believe the memorial truly honored our fallen brother.

Because of this event I have had increased opportunities to care for the wounded and nurture the living. God has allowed me the opportunity to fulfill my calling into this ministry and the chaplain's mission statement. God is so good. I appreciate your continued prayers and support.

Many of you have continued to send packages to my soldiers and I want to thank you for partnering with me in ministry to our soldiers. Your love and support is appreciated. 

Until next time...

Garryowen Cross Out!