Messages of guidance, thanks offered at prayer breakfast

| April 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Inspired by the National Prayer Breakfast held across the country, more than 300 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers came together for fellowship, camaraderie and spiritual guidance for a prayer breakfast at the K Quad dining facility, here, April 13.

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th TSC, opened the ceremony with a loud and boisterous “Amen!” 

Troops offer a silent prayer for Soldiers and families of the Army during an 8th TSC prayer breakfast at the K Quad dining facility, April 12, at Schofield Barracks.“You know I’m a devout Catholic, (and) we don’t use amen,” he said, with a chuckle. “So when I get the opportunity to say it in a setting like this, I have to take advantage of it. 

“You know we’re all multi-denominational here,” Terry continued, “and it’s great to have us all together under one roof, and celebrating in a form of fellowship.”

Soldiers throughout history have experienced a great deal of the same struggles and emotional strains, regardless of their religious beliefs, ages or ranks. Like many Soldiers in combat, Terry said he has reflected on his faith often when he was downrange. 

“Those of us who have deployed multiple times have been in bad situations and may ask for the Lord’s help when times are hard,” he said. “I know. I’ve been there, and I know exactly how many ‘Hail Mary’s’ I’d say leaving Balad, Iraq, to anywhere I was going.”

Terry added that Soldiers often seek the Lord’s guidance when times are tough; however, when times are good, Soldiers need to take time and thank the Lord, too.

“That’s what this is about,” he said. “The Lord has been there for me and my family, and I’ve been pretty good in terms of giving him thanks. Everyone celebrates in their own way, but by coming together, having breakfast and breaking bread together, we’re continuing the tradition of giving Him thanks. This is the right thing to do.”

Following Terry’s remarks, and prayers for all Soldiers and their families, Chaplain (Col.) Rodney Lindsay, command chaplain, 8th TSC, took to the podium to offer a message of spiritual resilience to the gathered troops.

“We are now in the ninth year of the longest war of our nation fought without a draft, and I think about that sometimes,” Lindsay said. “I think about the fact that our Army, our military, has served valiantly and diligently through all the seasons, not just the summers and sunshine, but through all the enduring conflicts that have tried the souls of men and women. 

“You strive in the face of challenges and bounce back from any adversity. Those divine resources, from whatever faith and background that you tap into,” Lindsay continued, “give you that ability to overcome what is thrown at you. Continue to renew your spiritual strength like today, and you can overcome anything asked of you.”

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