Post 186 - Chaplain’s letter, March 2018
March holds some interesting events that impacted our history. Did you know that on March 3, 1931, The Star-Spangled Banner was made our U. S. National Anthem? Here I always thought it became our Anthem when the words were written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. It was not put to music until 1773 by John Stafford Smith. Isn’t it amazing that we never stop learning? On March 19, 2003, the Iraq war began. On March 24, 1999, we were involved with the Kosovo campaign. On March 29, we celebrate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day. And finally, on March 31, 1995, the Somalia Campaign ended. This is what happened militarily.
Here’s what happened this month from the Christian perspective. On March 25th, we observed Palm Sunday. This is the time Jesus Christ returned to Jerusalem to observe Passover, riding on the back of a donkey, while people were waving palm fronds and crying “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12: 13) Later, these very same people would change their minds and ask Pontius Pilate to release Barabbas when he asked them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews?” (John 18:39) as they shouted back, “No, not Him! Give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40) Then the people took it to the final point of rejection. “Here is your King? Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!” (John 19:14,15) Tomorrow, which is called Good Friday, we pause to remember the day our Lord and Savior was crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin nature. On Sunday, April 1st, we will celebrate His resurrection from the grave. Interestingly, this day is also known as April Fools Day. There are passages of Scripture that say, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalm 14.1 and Psalm 53:1) When God repeats something in His word, He is putting an exclamation point on what He wants us to understand. I trust you do not see yourself in this light. Find a place of worship and join in saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)