Families can rejoice, despite separations

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Florio F. Pierre
25th Infantry Division Rear Detachment and Family Life Chaplain



With the absence of loved ones, the summer season can be a difficult time for many.

But those families can find reasons to celebrate this season.

How? With a spiritual and mental attitude based on Psalms 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Understanding this phrase is important in maintaining spiritual health and fully realizing those things you should be thankful for. This verse possesses a rich context that is widely applicable.

The verse is used, of course, in a straightforward manner of praise to the “King of Kings.” It is also applicable to the 25th Infantry Division, and other units on this beautiful island, which are in a constant mode of transition.

“Tropic Lightning” Headquarters has completed more than half of its mission and has done so safely and in high spirits through the difficult first seven months of separation. For this, we can be thankful.

Though apart, Soldiers and families can give thanks for today is the day that the Lord has made. They can give thanks for God’s strength in invigorating them to stay strong in spite of their separations.

Soldiers and families can even give thanks for someone else who is currently experiencing a better emotional state of being. For instance, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, has redeployed more than 70 percent of its force, and by the end of the month, the entire force will be home. For this, we can all give thanks.

Giving thanks for another’s well-being will transmit to our own emotional well-being. Likewise, wallowing in others’ misery can resonate in our emotional instability.

Therefore, let us take time to give thanks for this is the time that God has made for us to rejoice and be glad, regardless of whether we are united or separated from our loved ones. Being alive and healthy is a blessing in itself.

But, how do we deal with the loneliness in our hearts? Psalm 118:6 tells us, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.” God’s presence and his desire that we rejoice in every day gives us peace and refuge during these arduous days, thereby allowing us to maintain spiritual stamina.

God is always near; therefore, we are never alone.

We must be prepared mentally, spiritually and physically to avoid the blues, so ensure you take time to rejoice in the safety, love and success you and your family have enjoyed.

Don’t miss out on this year’s summer fun, lamenting the separation.

Know that God will not give you more than you can bear. Know that your deployed loved one misses you. Know that service members build their strength, knowing that families are enjoying life and are well taken care of at home.

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