April 1, 2020
"For God and Country"
American Legion Riders
Military Holidays and Observances
With everything going on in the world, it is important to remember to:
- Wash your hands
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others
- DO NOT touch your face and nose with unwashed hands/gloves
- Seek medical attention if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Most of our members are of age to contract this disease and it have severe consequences. We have to protect each other.
Message From the Commander
We are in a difficult time with COVID-19 at the forefront. We had to close the doors to our physical post per Governor Ralph S. Northam’s Executive Order 53. However, we continue to work to ensure the safety and health of our community and American Legion members. Even though the doors are closed, we are still finding ways to serve and reach out, not only to be there for our members, but also for our community.
One example of serving our community occurred before the Post had to close its doors. On 14 March 2020, we held our quarterly Food Drive at the Harrison Crossing Giant. The community surprised us once again with its support. We filled an entire standard sized pickup truck with food. Our Food Pantry was full again and we received extra supplies for a local church that support school age children with brown bags of food when schools out on breaks. The church was very grateful for our donation, since schools’ shutdown for the rest of the year so the demand increased. They will now be able to support that requirement.
We can continue to serve, help each other and our fellow brothers and sister in arms, keeping the six-foot social distance requirement. Also note, the Facebook page and Website are continuously updated with new information as we receive it. We are also still available if you require assistance. Please reach out.
As always, I am very grateful for your membership and continued support.
Post 320 Commander
All In His Hands
“All in his hands”—what confidence it brings
To tested hearts, to know that all the things
That make up life and circumstance, he holds
In his strong hands, and patiently unfolds
Th’ eternal purpose of his sovereign will---
That all things shall his grace and glory fill. K. O. McNair
What this poetic style message says is: Everything is in God’s hands, that is, under
God’s control. When people who are being tested in the circumstances of life
understand this, they find strength and courage to pass through their sufferings.
Why? Because they know that God patiently unfolds the eternal purpose even in
their lives. In the end all things will be filled with divine grace and glory.
In the book of Romans 8:28, it tells us that God works in “everything”—not just
isolated incidents—for our good. God has an eternal purpose and has included you
in it. All the things that happen to you work to fulfill God’s purpose. This does
mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but
God can turn every circumstance around for our long-range good.
God’s goal is to make us like Christ. (1 John 3:2). As we become more and more
like him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be. Then,
how can we become like Christ? By reading and heeding God’s Word, by
studying his life on earth through the Gospels, by spending time in prayer, by
being filled with his Spirit, and by doing his work in the world.
What I really would like all of you to hear and trust is that, “God Will Take Care
Of You”--just do as the scriptures tells us to not be anxious (Philippians 4:6) for
anything but to cast all your cares on the Lord in prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving (1 Peter 5:7) for he cares for you.
People in ancient days set up stone monuments when life-changing events
occurred. Joshua set a stone and established a memorial and covenant with God
when the Promised Land finally belonged to Israel. He warned the people, “If you
forsake the Lord and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you,
even though he has been so good to you.”
But the people answered, “We are determined to serve the Lord!” Joshua said to
the people, “This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us. It will be a
witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God” (Joshua 24:20).
Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name
Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us…” (1 Samuel 7:12). Ebenezer
means “stone of help.”
We should all look back on the landscape of our lives and focus on the many
stones of help that are standing there. These Ebenezers say, “God who has helped
you up to this time will help you all through your journey.” Let this certainty alone
give you cause to raise a new Ebenezer to his praise, honor, and glory, after he has
brought us through this tragic pandemic.
GRACE, HOPE, and PEACE
Chaplain Gus Taylor