It has been a few weeks since I have posted on my blog. The last few weeks have been very full. I recently started my second unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). This second unit takes place at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. On top of the extra more than 20 hours each week for the CPE, I have participated in a few funerals, served on call with the Albuquerque Police Department, and last week drilled alongside those who serve in the New Mexico Air National Guard.
All these events, as well as the special days in the month of November, have me thinking about gratitude and service.
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13)
Jesus willingly laid down his life (see John 10:18) for us, His friends, and every military veteran follows Jesus' pattern in their willingness to lay down their lives if necessary for the cause of freedom. As such, these men and women deserve our admiration, appreciation, and respect. To all who have served, are serving, and those who one day will serve, "Thank you".
I have the privilege to serve alongside some great folks, the men and women who serve in the New Mexico Air National Guard (the "Tacos"). We occasionally recite a creed that reminds us of the seriousness of our commitment. A line in "The Airman's Creed" says very plainly, "I defend my country with my life."
While it is our hope and prayer that no one from the NM ANG will ever have to actually give their life in defense of this country or our state, we each vow that if necessary we will defend this state and our nation even to the cost of our lives. This is love; this is great love; in fact Jesus said there is no greater love than this.
Thank you again to all who have served, are serving, and someday will serve. You are my heroes, and I am honored to serve alongside you as we journey together along the Way ....