Chaplain's Corner -April 2019

Not long ago, I went to a military funeral for a Korean War POW. Funerals as we know, are solemn, reverential and a very peaceful farewell to a person no longer living.

While there, I noticed the many people who had come to pay their respects. The legacy and memories that this man left behind were incredible. His loved ones and friends talked about the wonderful selfless service he had given not only to the community but to the military base he had been employed at for many years.

He collected gifts for needy children at Christmas time and had as well, been involved in countless other projects to help others. It was obvious that this God loving man had been very loved and cherished by his peers, family and friends.

As the funeral service continued, it brought to mind my experience of when my husband passed away. The sounds of the firearms pierced my heart as they always do when I attend military funerals. For those of us that have been through this situation, those sounds never seem to ease the emotional pain in our souls.

It also brought to mind, for those who are believers, the religious beliefs of the crucifixion of the Lord and Savior. To imagine how Heavenly Father felt as He saw and heard the sounds of the nails driven and piercing His Son's hands and feet. The agonizing suffering of the Son of His love.

For those that are non-believers, it is a time of sorrow in such an occasion and also, perhaps, could be of some relief if the deceased had been very ill.

Whichever the case, the farewells are emotionally painful, and grief stricken. But as we know, there is always another tomorrow and life goes on whether to endure in sadness or just to keep on going toward our destiny, with God's help, toward our resting place.

Mrs. Connie Sullivan
Chapter Chaplain