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The hunt is on

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  • By Chaplain (Capt) Lauralee Ozzello
  • 161st Air Refueling Wing Chaplain’s Office

Have you ever watched the Hollywood thriller, “The Hunt for the Red October”, a twisted espionage – seeking out an undetectable Soviet submarine, that supposedly happened during the late Cold War period? At the end of the movie, actor Sean Connery states, “And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.”


If you were to present this quote to a 5 year old child, he or she may read it as, “momma, you mean when I wake up tomorrow, I will look for the eggs in the fields, keep the candy I find inside, and come home to eat all of it?” This is a joke.


As adults, we all enter various seasons in our lives that take us through levels of hope and gratitude, as well as times of grief and despair.  Everyone enjoys a great ride of good health, wealth, and prosperity.  But when faced with unbearable challenges and situations, we wish we could go back to being a child and be safe in the comfort of our parents’ homes.  Since it’s impossible to avoid the bad stuff, maybe God wants us to receive his beauty for ashes, his strength for fear, his gladness for mourning, and his peace for despair, Isaiah 61:2-4.


What this really means is that God takes your difficult, burdensome, depressing and horrible situations from you and gives you beauty. He can pick you up out of the ashes and make something beautiful out of you.  He exchanges fear with power to overcome any obstacle. He constantly reminds us of the “circle of lifeas each new spring season has ushered in. And finally, the peace he gives for your despair is translated “eirēnē” from the Greek, meaning you are exempt from the rage and havoc of war – disturbances in your life.

God bless you!