As Cadets depart on Christmas leave and the campus grows quiet once again, we all pause to reflect on and reconnect with that which is truly important in our lives—the love and fellowship of family and friends. As Paul told us in his first letter to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 13) without love in our hearts and in our lives we are nothing.
The Christmas season is a time to share love and fellowship with others.
I celebrate Christmas because it commemorates the birth of my Savior, Jesus. With a student body as diverse as Fork Union Military Academy's, however, I know we have cadets and families who come from other backgrounds and beliefs. The end of the year is packed with religious holidays like Christmas and Hannukah, cultural remembrances like Kwanzaa, secular (and commercial) celebrations of the Santa Claus tradition, and even a changing of the seasons at Winter Solstice.
Regardless of your beliefs and background, the Christmas season is a time for celebration.
The Corps of Cadets has worked so hard this school year and has accomplished so much already in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in the individual development of their character, discipline, respect, integrity, and faith. I pray that all may take this opportunity to get some rest, to relax, and recharge their body, mind, and spirit to be ready for the challenges and opportunities we will face in the new year.
The Christmas season is a time for renewal.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Cadets, I am proud of you. Remember what you have learned, and keep what you have earned. I am praying for each one of you, by name, that this Christmas season will be a time of blessing for you and your family.
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! And...
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy