Dear Esteemed Chaplains,
I thank Almighty God for making it possible for us and our loved ones to witness the year, 2020. We are grateful to God for allowing us to be in the land of the living, seeing us through 2019 and leading us into this new year. Many looked forward to this day but could not make it. God in His infinite mercy permitted us to live to see this day, not because we deserve to see it better than those who did not, but because it pleased Him. For this grace, we are grateful. For God’s blessings upon us, His goodness, lifting, good health and successes, we give Him thanks. We have reasons for thanking God for the year 2019. I am not unmindful that some of us may have suffered setbacks, losses, or even passed through trials and tribulations in the year 2019. Many dreams were either not realized or shattered. In everything, we give thanks to God. As the saying goes: “If there is life, there is hope”. Let’s celebrate life and keep hope alive. If Almighty God wills it, you will surely achieve whatever goals you set your mind on and diligently work towards achieving. As Brian Tracy noted, ” You are engineered for success and designed to have high levels of self esteem, respect and personal pride”. You have absolutely amazing untapped talents and abilities that when properly unleashed and applied, can bring everything you could ever want in life. The real limits on what you can be , do or have, are the limits you place on yourself by your own thinking”.
The new year offers us an opportunity to reach our goals and achieve our dreams. We should strive hard while making each day count as we seek to realize set goals. Today therefore marks the beginning of another years journey that will cover for 365 days. Today is a good day as any to make a fresh start. As Chaplains, may we be guided by the tenets of Chaplaincy and lead exemplary lives in our various callings. May we continue to engage positively with other stakeholders to serve God and humanity and ensuring we “Don’t let them cry”. We should strive towards delivering the expected lives-touching programs. We should also endeavour to be law-abiding as men and officers under the law. These are the ideals we must commit to attain at all times.
Finally, may this New Year be a joyous ride for you and your family. As we see the beginning of the year 2020, may God walk us through it and prepare us for better years ahead. Here’s wishing you better years ahead.
Welcome to 2020.
Happy New Year!
Dr Chris Nwanne,
The Chaplain Field Marshal & President of the DICCI Corps Nigeria and UCSNY African Region