Chaplain’s Corner, December 2012

From the Chaplain:

Times of Turmoil

It’s the talk of the town, isn’t it,… how a lot of us really got hit this time? That double-whammy of superstorm “Sandy” followed by a Nor’easter (with five inches of heavy snow right along with it) put a lot of people out of power, disconnected from communications, and shivering in the cold. That scheduled November 1st LI Shields meeting at Stewart Thomas Manor had to be scratched since the lights were out, the kitchen was in the dark, and the porte-cochère (covered entry) was lying in the driveway where a big gust of wind had lifted it up and dropped it down. The might of a storm is awesome. And this bad boy tag-team was really something [some say the worst we’ve seen in many decades].

Ever hear how the ancients described the lightning and wind and rain of a storm?

Psalm 29:3 The voice (Thunder) of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, upon many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Si’rion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. 8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness, the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD makes the oaks to writhe, and strips the forests bare…

Psalm 107:23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; 29 he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed…

In either selection mighty storms are captured in images of lightning strikes splitting trees, winds shaking the trees of the forest and stripping the landscape bare, and seas making experienced sailors sea-sick, scared to death, and carried up to the sky and down again into the green-water troughs. Might and overwhelming chaos are powerfully portrayed. The result of such terror is the cry of distress. And the Might Lord hears the prayers of the afflicted and sends peace to them.

What a confidence is given to all who trust the Mighty One! They are continually restored to strength… and empowered to come to the aid of others who are in trouble. One could say that the most powerful impressions of these natural disasters is the obvious presence of so many neighbors and friends, police and armed service personnel, Power-Restorers from all over the country, EMT’s and medical people of every description… Who came to the assistance of people threatened and distressed by the winds and the waves. In ways common to the experiences of Shields members, the Mighty one “brought them out from their distress,” and has given them abundant reasons to be very thankful! It will be good to see one another at the December 5th meeting. Stay safe and strong… And come on out!

Chap. James G. Anderson


President’s Message, December 2012

I wish to start my message by extending my profound sympathy and prayers to all those who were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy and the following storm. The past weeks have been a difficult time for all of us, but for those who have lost everything it has been traumatic. Hopefully they know that we care and will be there for them.

The effects of the storm also caused havoc with our Shields events. We had to cancel our meeting, delay our children’s toy drive and there has been a very slow response to Mike Villa’s Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Sunday, December 9th. According to Mike if he doesn’t know shortly, he will be forced to tell Santa to stay home, please see Mikes message on page 3 for further details.

We will once again collect toys at the December meeting as we do every year for children less fortunate, hopefully you can be generous as in the past.

This is the last Call Box for 2012. On behalf of your Board I want to wish you the membership and our many friends, a holy and joyous holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Stay safe and always wear your seat belt, see you next year.