Wind Chimes: 7 Dec 2012

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

Isaiah 2:4 NRSV

A beautiful day has dawned. The air is mostly still, the chimes almost silent. When I do hear them there is a kind of melancholy to the notes. So much changed in our world only 71 years ago; perhaps the winds of that day are the winds that still move the chimes today. What do you hear?

Peace that passes all understanding

He was 18 years old, a senior in high school. He had a car, a Model A Ford. Driving around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, MN with some “buddies,” my father’s world changed in an instant. The United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor. That day, December 7, 1941, and the next several days were spent with the “adults” in his life talking with him and making decisions for the country (and world) and finally, turning to him, to ask him to be brave and to stand up for those he loved and for his country. And he did. My father enlisted in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier Lexington in the Pacific until his discharge after the war’s end in 1945. My father is part of the “Greatest Generation.” Thank you, Dad.

On this day (seared into the memory of my parents’ generation) I continue to both work and pray so that we will unlearn war and find and support new, creative, and more constructive ways to establish the Reign of God, a Reign marked by Peace (that passes all understanding) and genuine love of neighbor and God. ~dan

Links to online Advent Calendars

Each of these has a different approach. Find one that helps you “prepare the way.”

Trinity Wall Street Online Advent Calendar

Busted Halo Online Advent Calendar

CREDO Online Advent Calendar

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We remember this day

O God of all generations, we guard in our hearts today the sacred memory of those who gave their lives on that day which will live in infamy. Bless us, O Lord, as we humble ourselves in your presence to remember the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy; Guide and direct us in all that we do so that the light and peace of your true freedom may continue to shine brightly to the glory and honor of your Holy Name, and for the welfare of all creation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by Pastor Ricky Powell and a Thanksgiving for Heroic Service in the BCP, p. 839

“Black Friday” began the “Shopping Season” and retailers are relentless in keeping us focused on buying often and buying more. “#GivingTuesday” (11/27/12) was an invitation to give and use our “buying power” in a way that benefits others for more than just a day.

I intend to keep that invitation in front of us throughout the “Shopping Season.” I believe  that It is always the right time to be generous. If you haven’t participated in “#GivingTuesday” how about today? ~dan

Today’s give-a-gift-to-help-others idea:

  • Wounded Warrior Project — whose purpose is “to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.” (Wounded Warriors Project Mission Statement)

Looking for other give-a-gift-to-help-others ideas?
Go first to Charity Navigator for those ideas
and for an evaluation of how your dollars will be spent

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THOSE SERVED by Wounded Warrior Project

THOSE SERVED by Wounded Warrior Project

In our Opportunity Calendar you will find a description of the Wounded Warrior Project with links to other Veteran’s resources. Today, via their Facebook Page, Wounded Warrior Project shares who they serve and why

More about THOSE SERVED by Wounded Warrior Project

In our Opportunity Calendar you will find a description of the Wounded Warrior Project with links to other Veteran’s resources. Today, via their Facebook Page, Wounded Warrior Project shares who they serve and why

Advent Calendar Day 6: Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project

Friday. In the Daily Office we remember in prayer the suffering and death of Christ. In our daily walk we encounter men and women who served our country, Veterans, who carry scars that are both visible and invisible. We encounter men and women who carry wounds received while serving us. The Wounded Warrior Project is one group reaching out to those men and women, with our help.

Mission

To honor and empower wounded warriors.

Vision

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

Purpose

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members

For the rest of the story: Wounded Warrior Project

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For further reflection

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
October 22, 2011

The Wounded Warrior Project sends about 2,000 care packages to injured warriors overseas every month.

It takes a lot of manpower to assemble that many care packages, and on Tuesday, the nonprofit organization got some help from some [Jacksonville] Jaguars players.

The care packages, which are headed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Germany, are filled with the comforts of home. And while the wounded service members who receive them may never know they were assembled by professional athletes, it’s the thought that counts. Read the whole story from News4Jax.com

Who does this group help? Who helps this group? Read Justin Constantine’s story to begin to answer those questions.

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Image: The Wounded Warrior Logo from the internet