Chaplain’s Message – Spring 2019
I have spoken/written on the power of prayer for seeking healing for a friend, relative, or even oneself. The subject has, of course, been a topic of thought and concern for centuries. Books have been written about it… both praising the idea and denying is efficacy. But that is a topic for another time.
If you believe in the power of prayer, you understand that it is not like putting a dollar bill in a vending machine and waiting for the candy bar to come out. Rather it is directing your thoughts towards what you believe to be a higher power that, in a way that goes beyond the physical world, may have an effect on both you and (somehow) the person for whom prayers are being said. And, in an old military tradition, “there are no atheists in foxholes,” when the questions of life and death are very real, most of us feel that, at a minimum, it can’t hurt.
For those who feel it can help, the Civil Air Patrol Chaplains Corps has established a national prayer “line,” where requests for prayers on behalf of CAP seniors, cadets, their families, and even their friends can be shared… and hundreds of chaplains throughout CAP have committed to keeping those souls in their prayers. Obviously, this is voluntary… but if you have someone for whom you would like prayers said, you can email the name(s) to Chapel@capchaplain.org