Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Chaplains Corner

These are words shared by The Husband to his post as Chaplain - explaining Purim from a military aspect. I thought it was very good.

Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Peace)

This weekend is the Feast of Esther or Purim and it is one of those holidays not really commanded by God, but is a Bible based holiday from the book of Esther none the less. Think of it as among other things for Israel and the Jewish people everywhere -  a time to acknowledge what the founders of our nation called "Divine Providence" or "Nature's God" who I believe to be the same one true God, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - placing a beautiful young Jewish woman named Hadassah and her uncle a Jewish man named Mordecai in just the right time and place to defend and preserve the Creator endowed unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness against a powerful enemy who wanted to exterminate the entire Jewish nation.

Granted, at this point in history they for were forced to live in a foreign nation as a nationally conquered people, but God had mercifully granted them a high degree of freedom and rights within that foreign nation of exile. Each of us have served our nation on foreign soil or waters by choice -  of oath taken "to serve and protect the Constitution of The United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic".  Each of us, has had our time putting our lives on the line, Hadassah also did for her nation in exile, thanks in large part to the lessons, advice, and love taught her by her uncle Mordecai.  Just as Divine Providence caused King Ahasuerus to extend his golden scepter sparing Hadassahs' life, Divine Providence spared each of our lives to return from our time on foreign soil or waters. 

I would encourage each of us, myself included, as Hadassah and Mordecai did, to live lives of gratitude, love, and courage "for such a time as this" each day.

Sincerely, your Chaplain XXX  alias Padre.

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