Chaplain’s Corner—Capt. Rock Roth

“Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men.”  Let me think, when was the last time we experienced ‘Peace’ real ‘Peace on Earth?’  Not in my life time.  I was born in 1937.  Wars were occurring around the globe, in China and in Europe.  Now 2011 is coming to a close and 2012 is upon us.  We have continued to experience wars even after WWI, The War to End All Wars!  WWII, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam, First Gulf War, Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I could also mention Lebanon, Cuban Missile Crises, and many other crisis or conflicts in which we have participated and sacrificed men and women to preserve our freedom.  Today our military is deployed around the world and in harm’s way.  ‘Peace on Earth’ remains that illusive dream as far away today as it was when I was born 74 years ago.  I strongly believe that as long as we humans fail to look to and rely on a Higher Power, a Power much stronger and knowledgeable than we, we will be faced with conflicts and wars.  We have to accept, to believe, that only though Divine Guidance can we achieve Peace.

As we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Prince of Peace, Our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, let each of us give thanks to Him for His example as He showed us how to live.  Let us each pray that His Peace which passes all understanding may be with us all.  Until such time as His Peace reigns on earth, we need to have a strong military willing and able to defend our rights, including our right to worship as we see fit, as free men and women in a strong and free America.  Although during the Christmas Season we first and foremost should thank our God, we should also thank those who find themselves away from home protecting what we hold most dear – our families, friends, and our American way of life.  Without these dedicated military people, there would be no United States of America and we would lose the freedom and liberty we enjoy.  ‘Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men.’  God Bless America, Land that I love.  Stand Beside Her and Guide Her, through the Night with the Light from Above, From the Mountains, to the Prairie, to the Ocean white with Foam.  God Bless America, My Home, Sweet Home.”

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.  God Bless Our Troops!!

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