Merry Christmas, Legionnaires!
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the Angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:9-14)
Let us not forget that Christmas is truly about the day our Savior came to earth to fulfill God’s promises. At this time of year, let us praise God for His blessings, share the joy with family and friends that:
“For God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Keep Christmas in your heart and mind all year through. Love your family, our Legion family, and the men and women in uniform who today stand in harm’s way to keep us safe.
I wish you all a safe, joyful, and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Post Chaplain Carl Bradley
I believe that most people in the United States and other parts of the world celebrate Thanksgiving, although the celebration has many different names and customs.
Many people in the United States believe that Thanksgiving was started by the Pilgrims. The reason for this idea is that they were thankful to have survived their first year in a new and harsh land. They were also thankful to be free to worship God in their own way, and not be oppressed by the government and by the Church of England. And they would be correct, except that this tradition of giving thanks actually began long before that.
Now let’s look back several thousand years ago; when Moses led the Israelites on the great exodus from Egypt and their bondage.
As we know, God spoke directly to Moses on many topics. And one of those topics was the harvest. God instructed Moses to create a new festival for the people.
Later, Moses entered this instruction into his record, and it became biblical scripture in Exodus 23: 16, which says: “Celebrate the festival of harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field.”
To understand the fitting goal of the harvest celebration, we need to acknowledge what God said to Noah right after the floodwaters had receded. God reminded Noah and his family of his provision for our flourishing existence on the earth. This includes us today. God said, “The earth will have seasons, daylight and darkness, seed time and harvest time.” This translates to our gratitude for the harvest, which sustains us and goes to God alone.
We should always be thankful for the blessings that God has given us each and every day, and we should thank Him in our prayers, not just on the day of Thanksgiving. So take the time to praise God for what He does for us.
Tonight when you say your prayers, you might include this:
Lord God, I thank you so much for the wondrous blessings You have given me, and for providing me with everything I need to exist in this world.
Please accept my gratitude.
In the name of your son Jesus Christ--Amen.
Post Chaplain Carl Bradley
Good day fellow Veterans:
Their two questions that I would like to answer. The first is: ‘What is Veterans Day?” The second: “What is a Veteran?”
November 11th is the day when God and the government came together. That may sound odd, but God has always watched over those that protect our freedoms and to keep this country safe―This nation he has given us. And the government set aside November 11th to honor all that have served and that are now serving.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, enacted in 1926 to commemorate the end of World War I. Unfortunately, we went through another world war a few years later, and so the day officially became Veterans Day on June 1, 1954. Congress struck the word ‘Armistice’ from the original decree and changed it to ‘Veterans,’ to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day gives all Americans the opportunity to celebrate with veterans and honor their bravery and the sacrifices made by these few for the many.
So what is a veteran? There are two definitions, Mr. Webster of the famed Webster dictionary says, “a person who has long experience in a particular field.”
Of course we’re talking about military veterans, and the Federal government defines a veteran as “by Federal law, and moral code, and military service as a person who served for any length of time and in any branch of the military.”
It makes no difference to me if you were drafted or volunteered, or served two, four, six, or even 30 years. The fact is that you served.
Personally, I would not have any other way, because the skills we learned the bonds we formed with each other helped to prepare us for life after the military. At the time we may not have realized it but it installed self-pride, confidence, honesty, honor and duty. Our experiences changed each and every one of us. We grew up.
When you say your prayers tonight you might add this….
“Heavenly Father, we thank thee for the men and women who have served this nation, and those that are serving now. Guide their hearts and hands to do thy work, and keep our nations safe.
We ask you Lord, the ruler of nations, to protect this great nation upon which thou hast showered thy blessings without numbers. Do Lord, sayeth right unto that which is wrong, and bring together what is divided, that we may live under one glorious flag, with charity towards all, and with malice towards none in a spirit of unity and a bond of peace.
Post Chaplain Carl Bradley
Good Day, Legionnaires.
I come to you this October with a heavy heart for our nation.
So many tragedies have happened in the last month. Four hurricanes, devastating Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida; the raging wildfires in California that destroyed hundreds of homes; and the slaughter of so many innocent lives in Las Vegas.
I am proud to be a veteran, and I see and hear of fellow veterans and the groups that they belong to, and what they have and are doing for the relief of these victims. I urge you to reach out and do what you can.
Our condolences and prayers go out to ALL of these sufferers and their families, both of nature, and of this horrendous act of violence. We pray that God give them Peace in their hearts, His strength to heal their physical wounds, and solace for their spirit.
It is my belief that we should take these problems and give them to God, and pray for His guidance and mercy for this land that he has given us; the country that we have fought for, bled for, and so many have died for to give so many others the gift of freedom. I say again, we need to take these troubles to the Lord.
I offer this prayer:
We come before thee on bended knee, O Lord. We ask for Thy blessings on our land, that Thou wouldst save us from the violence of discord and confusion. And give us guidance to best defend our liberties and our freedom.
Father, we ask that Thou touch the hearts and minds of those leaders that we have entrusted the authority of our government. Guide them, that there may be peace and justice over the land.
Almighty God, we asked Thee to keep these United States in Thy holy protection. Cultivate in the hearts of all her citizens the spirit of devotion and adherence to government; of love toward their fellow citizens, and of dedication to the principles of our American heritage.
Guard our homes, churches and schools, our entire land and all therein from harm and destruction. Preserve the integrity of this nation, founded on religious principles, by protecting it from all enemies without and within.
Post Chaplain Carl Bradley
The American Legion
Reynoldsburg Post 798
P.O. Box 58
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
regularly scheduled monthly post meeting will be on Thursday, January 11th, 2018, at 1900 hrs. at the Eagles Club, 1623 Brice Rd, Reynoldsburg, Ohio,