At the ROT rally last week, I spoke with a young man that had recently returned from a tour in Iraq. I learned that he was very disturbed by his experience there. He didn’t go into much detail, but he did say he was having a lot of trouble being around large groups of people, like the ROT rally.  He also said he had been leading a group of men in Iraq, and would be leading again on his next tour.  He was very concerned about being able to make the right decisions, both to accomplish his missions, and also to protect the men he would be leading.  He was clearly aware of the limitations of his human abilities, and the responsibilities he would have.  He said he was a Christian, a Catholic actually, and so I assured him that Christ would always be with him, even in those moments when he wasn’t sure how to make the right decision, and that he need only ask for spiritual guidance to be assured of coming to the right answer to any problem.  I suppose it sounds simplistic, to say that God is always there, waiting for us to ask for help, but that is what the Bible says.  Now, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with making our own decision, after all, we make hundreds of choices everyday, but if you find yourself at the end of your rope, remember, there is always one more place to turn for help.

Tom

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