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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

December 2011


LTC (R) Max Holt - TodayLTC (R) Max Holt

Copied from a local newspaper, The Leaf Chronicle, December 1996.

                         Dear Santa,

                                    This is what I want for Christmas. I want freedom. That’s

                        right, no toys. I want kids to stop drugs. I want gangs to close

                        down. I want the wars to stop. I want the world to be one big country

                        so we can understand each other. I want more schools. I want the

                        men to go to church. I even want taxes to be lowered. That is what I

                        want for Christmas. I want people to give poor people money. I mean

                        a lot.

                                                                                                Your American,

                                                                                                Justin (7 years old)


Young Justin is certainly an unusual seven year old. I’m not sure what influenced him to forego the standard fare of toys for Christmas but you can imagine all kinds of challenges he or his friends face in his community. Whatever those are, they are significant enough to refocus this child on adult issues and enable him to ask something for others rather than himself. 

We can learn from Justin. When was the last time you prayed on behalf of others, without asking something for yourself? All too often we pray generic prayers that mention the world, the sick, the missionaries or the food and then jump right into a long request for our own needs. God cares about us and wants us to cast every care upon Him but He also wants us to have a vision for others. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Did you notice the part where it says we should pray for others so that we may be healed? Our prayers for others do have an impact on us!


Common Sense Application

1.  Make a list of the Christian friends, and Non-Christian friends, you interact with. 

2.  By each friend’s name begin listing the prayer needs that you discover in their life.

3.  Begin to pray specifically for those needs daily and note when you sense God moving in that area of that friend’s life.

4.  When you feel it is appropriate let them know you are praying for them and ask them to pray for your specific needs.

5.  This Christmas, give the gift of a prayer for someone you care about. 


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