A guest post written by Jodie Fisher
Welcoming back our honored veterans from their overseas deployments, I feel there is much that can be done to support the transition back to civilian life. For example, businesses and agencies are supporting this transition by helping these individuals find jobs.
But finding a job isn’t the only concern to reintegration. Another concern that needs to be addresses is PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Instead of accepting this label, I think it’s important to see this as psychological and moral injury, which allows for more focused prayer. What does that mean from a spiritual perspective? Knowing these men and women as loved children of God leads to the understanding that their spiritual identity is untouched by any injury. God’s man is all about being good, diligent, well-meaning, full of integrity, expressing leadership, teamwork, commitment, and courage. I love the thought that all mankind abides “by the rule of perpetual harmony.” And, “It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.” (Science and Heath with Key to the Scriptures)
I teach Sunday school to Marine recruits at Camp Pendleton and see such commitment, earnestness, and courage in these young men. I feel it’s important to love the Christ consciousness in each of them. While volunteering in Sunday school and helping facilitate workshops to transition Marines back to civilian life, I’ve learned to see that God, the perfect Principle, and man, the reflection of this perfect Principle (God’s law), as being so good that it does not include any“…lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, …unchanged.” (S&H)
Keeping my thought focused on these men and women as the blessed children of God is a freeing and healing perspective that lifts consciousness. This Principle, or God’s law, is something that we can each hold to, which will support each of these American heroes.