November 18, 2008


For a couple of days, I prayed and thought about what this Chaplain’s Corner needed to say this time. By the end of the first day, one word stuck and would not move - - FAITH.

Faith can be said to be many things to many different people. But, basically, it means that one believes in the “DIVINE”. Faith then becomes our response to God being in our lives. It gives us the power to commit to God’s plan, and it’s His grace that gives us the power to overcome the obstacles which might separate us from His love and mercy. Faith helps us see the omnipotence of a loving God.

Faith is more than how we celebrate the holidays, even more than the instilled values we’ve grown up with. Faith shapes what is important to us, how and what we want our families, our community, our Country and our World to be - - how we view all other human beings, who are created unto the image and likeness of God.

Its interesting how recent studies have confirmed as true, some things that were taken for granted for centuries by our forefathers - - for instance: (1) The medical profession now acknowledges there exists mysterious, unknown healing recuperative qualities in people of FAITH. (2) The more religion was seen as a strength in marriage, the greater was the likelihood of marital satisfaction. (3) People of faith are so joy filled - - most are raised above the ordinary.

So - - what nurtures and protects FAITH? Prayer! Prayer is the sacred alliance between God and man. Prayer is the key to each morning and the lock to each night. Lets pray for one another.

May God bless all of you and your loved ones.
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Now, we want to remember and pray for all those who have died since our last posted Chaplain’s Corner. Richard Smith and Robert Reiss, Robert (Bobby) Wilson, Robert E. Ratliff, Al Arcierco, Bobby G. Burris, Mary Freeman (wife of Joe Freeman), Kurt Jacobi, Shirley Gee (wife of Jim Gee), and Ron Stalsberg. May our God of Mercy welcome them, may perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace. Amen.
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We also lift up in prayer all of the members of our Association and members of their families who are sick or suffering at this time. Please Lord, grant them comfort and healing. Amen.

A Servant of the Lord’s,

Rev. Mr. Justin McMenamy, Chaplain
3623 Harvard
Independence, MO 64052
Phone # 816-254-1528