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Reflections From the Chaps ~ April 4, 2011

Together Chaplain’s Reflection: Thinking back a few years ago to my childhood, I remember one thing that I was truly afraid of … the dark. I’ll let you in on a little secret; I still don’t like it today! The main reason I, like many other children and adults, do not like the dark is because we cannot see what is out there. The unknown has to be one of the most difficult things we deal with in the human psyche. And the fear that oftentimes exists due to the unknown is not just about what we can’t see physically at the moment, it also can form when we don’t have a clear picture regarding the future. Honestly, my faith comforts me in the consolation that I am never alone and God is always right there with me and everyone else, never leaving or forsaking us. But I have to be honest in that I am quite comforted when others are around me as well, just like when I was a child, to walk with someone else in the dark always made it easier. It is important that we keep this in mind and take care of one another, as part of a very special family in the Navy and U.S. Armed Forces. So while we need to accept the fact that we will never be able to fully conquer the unknown or foresee everything about the future, may we truly be comforted in the fact that we will not be alone; we will walk through the unknown … together. May God bless you and give you peace as we all lean on each other during these challenging times. Food 4 Thought: “We all have a fear of the unknown what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world.” –Lillian Russell A Second Helping: “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” –Japanese Proverb Dessert with a Smile: “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” –Albert Einstein

CDS-15 Chaplain Contact Info: Chaplain Stewart: William.Stewart@fe.navy.mil Chaplain Clark: Daniel.E.Clark@fe.navy.mil Office Telephone: 315-243-6409

CDS-15 Chaps' Reflection - 2011.04.04  

CDS-15 Chaplain Contact Info: Chaplain Stewart: William.Stewart@fe.navy.mil Chaplain Clark: Daniel.E.Clark@fe.navy.mil Office Telephone: 315...