March 4, 2022

March 4th is the only calendar date that also sounds like an order (march forth). While we wish we could march forth, two years in we are still navigating the hurdles and new way of life brought on by COVID. So as members of the Military we suck it up and drive on, weathering the virus storm that continues to be both frustrating and confusing as we wait for cures and a new road ahead.  

In order to cope and keep our sanity during this time, each of us has created what many call a new normal. Like with the couple sitting on the porch sipping wine. The wife softly says, “I love you.” The husband looks at her and asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?” The wife replies, “It’s me, talking to the wine.” 

However, we have chosen to cope, I ask this important question: What have we learned during this time?  

Consider these thoughts by the poet Maya Angelou. 

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Hopefully one other thing we have learned is that our Lord loves us and cares for us more than we deserve, and more than we will ever understand. God says to us,

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
(Isaiah 41:10).

We will do just fine if we just keep learning. However we choose to cope, God promises to always be there with us as we march forth. 


Rev. Art Pace
CH (COL-ret), USA