Today was the last day of Phase 2. That means we only have the final phase of CHBOLC left to go. It is hard to believe that it has been over ten weeks since I got here. The time has gone by quickly and I am grateful for that. It won’t be too much longer until my wife flies in for graduation and for the spouses seminar. I am looking forward to having her here and for the long Labor Day weekend that we get to spend together. We have already made plans to go to Myrtle Beach for the weekend and stay at a Bed and Breakfast about 20 miles from the beach to avoid the loud crowds of college students looking for a last hurrah for the summer.
Class today was good but very tough. We talked about providing religious support during Massive Casualty situations. The class included some pictures as well as some disturbing video from an HBO special done recently called “Baghdad ER.” We only watched about twenty minutes of the movie, but it was more than enough to see the results of combat and the stress placed on the care-givers (including Chaplains). The pictures and videos that we have seen in classes throughout CHBOLC have helped to reinforce in my mind the brutality and horrors of war. They remind me of the difficulties of the ministry I have been called to and also remind me to pray for peace and for safety.