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Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

CAV Spirit

Here is my devotional from today's Battle Update Assessment:

"If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning." C. S. Lewis

People often speak of their searching for meaning. Some people will say “all things happen for a purpose.” Others will look for patterns and meaning from a scientific or natural perspective.

But we all seem to be searching for meaning. In a combat zone, separated from our families, and unsure of when we’ll return, this search for meaning is even more important.

In today’s quote, C.S. Lewis makes a comparison. He says that if there was no light, we wouldn’t have eyes and we wouldn’t look for it. We wouldn’t know it was dark. Likewise, the search for meaning in our lives happens because there is meaning. Our spirits search for meaning not in a vain quest, but to fulfill the very real purpose for which we were created.

That purpose is to know God. More than anything, we are spiritual beings, created in the likeness of God, and life is not truly fulfilled or complete without Him. The key is that we cannot find God on our own. Therefore, God has come to us, not because we deserve it, but because of his grace. In Jesus Christ, God has made himself known. In Him, God has shown us our true purpose and meaning. We are called to be in relationship with Him and in Him we find this meaning.

5 Comments:

Blogger Salomé said...

Wow, that was a blessing. I had been pondering on similar lines last night so this was really nice to read as confirmation today.
God bless. :-)

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Concerned Reader said...

Chaplain,

Will this new order prevent you from blogging?

U.S. Army Orders Soldiers to Stop Blogging Without Superior OFficer's Consent

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Kate Person

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This devotional can stimulate spiritual thinking. I plan to send it to my soldier/son, and to share with others also. Your quote last month from Oswald Chambers about the meaning of "faith" was also very helpful. I've used it several times with unsaved or spiritually weak friends. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there for the rest of us. Jane

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is watching you, and he finds favor in what you are doing for his people far from home.

Psalm 110, well done Melchizedek!

RLR2

9:43 PM  

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