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Encouragement

Many people have asked us about what to say during a time of great suffering.  Most often there are no words that can bring full healing.  Here we share a collection of homilies shared during ceremonies that we have been honored to be part of.  Names are changed to protect the sacredness of the opportunity to sit in the darkest hours with the family.  Many found comfort in the words shared and requested to hear them again, and so we share them with you here.

Memorial Ceremony remarks from the Battle of COP Keating

9 October 2009 at FOB Bostick

Attempting to Memorialize a person during combat operations is a tenuous responsibilty to acknowledge the tragedy of our loss, the untimeliness of their death and the hope by which we will persevere back into the fight. The magnitude of loss suffered by the Black Knights of 3-61CAV during the Battle of COP Keating called for brevity and candor, because of the scope of the battle and the love which we have for our Fallen Heroes. My short homily was, at best, a brushing against the tip of the iceberg of grief, shock and confusion that my troopers endured during the weeks and months that followed. I, therefore, chose latitude in being directly spiritual in my remarks, because I know that the Comforter can do more than I can ask or imagine in their hearts, for healing.

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Hope, in the Face of Suicide

20 November 2012

It is difficult to understand, fully, the hopelessness that can so grip a person's heart, so as to lead them to want to end their life. I have found, though, that once we lose sight of the eternal Hope-giver, we lose the ability to believe that "this too shall pass." The enemy would like nothing more than to "steal, kill and destroy," and we must lean on the one who has come to "give life, and that in abundance" when facing circumstances that would attempt to rob us of joy, hope and the belief that we are loved.

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Tyler & Sept. 11th

Like thousands of others, my eyes see beyond the simple symbols that many ignore each day. When I see a folded flag, I hear the rattle of brass as it is placed inside and mailed back to a loved one from a far away land, that they will never see nor understand.

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Peace Through Suffering

And he asks of me, “If I asked you to leave your family to follow, would you? If I asked you to come away with me for a few moments of communion, would you? If I asked you to trust that I know what is best for your life, would you?” Savior, steal into the quiet moments of my life to remind me of you and me, of us.

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