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This part of the site features monthly devotional thoughts by the Association's Chaplain, with the goal of encouraging Signal Corps OCS Graduates to be exceptional in their lives and to live life at a higher level.  Our current Chaplain is of the Christian faith, so naturally, his devotionals are fashioned around his Christian beliefs. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and can be offered directly to the Chaplain by eMail at:

by LTC (R) Max Holt, Class 02-67

July 2011


LTC (R) Max Holt - TodayLTC (R) Max HoltThe Swallows of San Juan Capistrano are a flock of birds that reside on an island off the coast of California. Each year they migrate to South America and stay the winter in Argentina. Some say their route to Argentina involves a length of about a thousand miles, over open ocean. Swallows cannot fly a thousand miles without resting, yet they make it there every year! How do they do it? An unproven myth says that the swallows begin each trip by first stopping in fields near the coast, grasping sticks in their claws and carrying them on their journey. At some point over a calm part of the ocean these resourceful birds supposedly drop their sticks and land on them to rest! The myth says that, after resting, they leave the sticks behind and continue to their destination. If the myth is true, it is a marvelous capability for survival that God gave these small creatures!

God also provided a way for us to survive. He wants us to grasp the reality of Jesus’ death on the cross and to understand that we must hold on to it if we are to survive for eternity. I have discovered that in a world with challenges as rough as an ocean, the Old Rugged Cross will float quite nicely. I pray that you will get a grip on it daily and rest. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

Common Sense Application

1.  Since the swallows survived with what they took with them, you will survive the same way. Begin by writing on small cards any scripture verses, prayer reminders, inspirational quotes or spiritual goals on which you want to concentrate. Place some around the house in easily seen locations as reminders of what to think about. Take some with you when you go out, and read them during breaks or lunch. Change the cards as often as necessary to keep fresh ideas and spiritual goals in your mind. If your situation permits, take your Bible everyday and visit with God through His Word.

2.  Take more good spiritual stuff with you by committing yourself to grow as a Christian in every area of your life.

3.  Arrange to meet with Christian friends during breaks or lunch whenever possible, for the purpose of encouraging and teaching each other; take the good stuff back to work with you.

Prior Month Devotionals
May '11 Jun '11 Jul '11 Aug '11 Sep '11 Oct '11 Nov '11 Dec '11 Jan '12 Feb '12 Mar '12 Apr '12
May '12 Jun '12 Jul '12 Aug '12 Sep '12 Oct '12 Nov '11 Dec '11 Jan '13 Feb '13 Mar '13 Apr '13

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