Rick and I left Tampa on Friday and headed to Columbia, SC to represent Military Ministry at the Navy Chaplain Senior Leadership Symposium. We are blessed to be able to provide the most senior Navy chaplains with a glimpse of the vision and resources Military Ministry offers–helping chaplains help our warriors and their families. Tomorrow will be a big day for us, so we would greatly appreciate prayers for favor with these men and women of great influence.
Before the symposium, we had the blessing of visiting with friends from Marine Corps days, Jeff and Gill Koenig. That old song about “blessed be the ties that bind…” rings true over and over in our lives. We tried to remember the last time we had seen Jeff and Gill and we vaguely remembered a chance meeting with Jeff at Ft. Leavenworth when we were both visiting our friends the Clevelands. That was right before Paul was born–so we’re talking 20 years ago. There is another memory that we can’t quite put a date on, Rick came through Columbia…but sometimes we wonder if it was our imagination. 🙂
The Koenigs took good care of us and it was wonderful to catch up. It is also wonderful to know that God has kept us for Himself over all of these years. None of our lives are without difficulty and we aren’t necessarily walking the paths we thought we’d be on when we were in Bible study together 30 years ago, but our God is faithful and we are thankful that some things don’t change–especially friendship!