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The Comfort of the Rock

News Type:  President's Blog
Friday, March 5, 2021


Today, we are preparing for our cadets to return to campus on Sunday, and making ready for our staff and faculty to begin in-person classes once again on Monday morning. I have been thinking about each one of our cadets. I have prayed for each one today, as well as for our entire faculty and staff, that all would have safe travels on their return.

God will provide all that we need. He is our Rock!

In my 33 years as a Marine, from being an officer candidate to retiring as a Colonel, I was in the field at each level and that often meant sleeping on the ground. Sometimes we had tents or slept on the armored vehicles, but most of the time we slept on the ground. It was a lot safer when you could sleep in a cave or under a rock. To me, there is just something about a rock that is comforting.

In the same way, the Psalmist, David, (after whom my father and mother purposefully named me) spoke about God as the Rock. He said, “Lead me to the Rock!” So, as you prepare to return to FUMA, lean into it and seek the comfort of the Rock...the comfort of God in your life.

Lead Me to the Rock

Psalm 61 (ESV)

1 Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
2 from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
3 for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.


God bless you as you return to FUMA.  Together, we will finish the good work we started.  



Best regards,
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy




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