Sometimes the impact you make on another's life goes beyond words. Like when a young Marine, recently returned from Iraq, came knocking on my office door.
The look on his face spoke volumes. For a few moments, neither of us said a word as his eyes rimmed with tears. I knew exactly where he was coming from because I had been there as well.
“I know,” I said simply.
We embraced as he broke down in my arms. There was no discussion. The fact that I understood was all that he needed. Someone who knew and could offer a shoulder to cry on.
These simple, most touching of moments many times have marked my ministry among these young heroes. And I am honored by them.
Chaplain, U.S. Navy
A Universal Message – and Mission
Regardless of denomination, the job of a Navy Chaplain is to minister to all. To care for all. To be there for all in those moments of need.
Listening. Understanding. Supporting. It’s the essence of a ministry of presence. And this story, though anonymous, could realistically have come from any Chaplain in the Navy Fleet.