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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 26, 2012 - Precious Time

By Scott McChrystal

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … a time to kill and a time to heal” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,3, NIV).

Life for the military community moves at a fast clip, and there are many adjustments. One of the most challenging adjustments occurs when warriors transition from the battlefield back to the home neighborhood, often in a few short days. We call this process “reintegration.”

The last several years have demonstrated how difficult this can be. Despite high expectations of warriors and families alike, the results have often been heartbreaking: marital strife that often ends in divorce, domestic violence, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and financial problems, to name a few.

God’s Word has sage advice from this verse in Ecclesiastes. Time is the key. “There is a time for everything,” the Scripture tells us. There is a time for reintegration. Warriors and families must realize this and be patient with one another. Readjusting to separation takes time. Healing takes time.

When warriors leave family and deploy to combat, they never return to the same situation. They have changed, and so have their spouses and children.

And this principle holds true for anyone dealing with a stressful life circumstance. Whether you live within the warrior community or deal with the stresses of everyday civilian life, give yourself time. It’s God’s way.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 4.

 

 

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