11 October 2011 Midweek Manna

Stressed Out? You’re Not Alone!

             One of the greatest American distance runners of all time Steve Prefontaine was quoted as saying, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”  In today’s military many hold to saying such as this and have the mindset that to talk about their issues or to show signs of pain is a sign of weakness.  The reality is pain is real, and we all go through different levels of pain from time to time whether it is emotional or physical pain, or even the combination of both.  A solid point of reference through the various levels of pain that invade our everyday lives is that we are not alone; others have dealt with the issues that you and I are currently facing today.  So, where do we turn?

            The Scriptures tell us that God, “Who Comforts us in all our troubles so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any trouble.” (2 Corinthians 1:4) What does this mean?  Chances are there are those around you who have gone through the very same trials you are currently undertaking.  Therefore, you need to understand that if you are going through hurt, pain, grief, or an intense feeling of anxiety- to name a few stressors you are not alone.  More importantly you need to understand that there are solid men and women who can guide you through your current bump in the road today.

            Better yet, you need to understand that you can and will overcome your present situation, not solely through your own will and effort but through the aid of your fellow Seabee.  Our motto, “Can Do”, is not an individual slogan.  Rather, it is a slogan and mindset that is built upon the backs of our Nation’s fathers, and grandfathers.  Just as they persevered through WWI, WW2, Korea, etc, we can endure through our Nation’s current conflict in Afghanistan and anywhere else our Nation’s leaders chooses to send us. 

In Your Service / Chaps!

This message comes to you from prospective Command Chaplain, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brian Myers.  Chaplain Myers comes to us from Virginia.  This is his first Chaplain billet, although he has prior Navy service as an OS.

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