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Sacramental Unity

2015 July 1

Dan HaleFather Dan Hale

The Cathedral of Christ the King
Third Sunday of Pentecost
June 7, 2015

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Planning to Be There

2015 June 26

Bishop David EppsMy oldest granddaughter is engaged to be married.

I did not grow up in a home with girls. In fact, my father was the oldest of eight children, six of them boys. My mom and dad had two kids, both boys. When I got married, my wife and I had three sons. No girls anywhere. So, one can understand my surprise that, when my eldest son and his wife had their first child, it was a girl. She was named Victoria Sabrina — “Tori” for short.

My wife and I were in the hospital waiting room when she was born twenty and a half years ago. Soon, my son brought her out and placed her in my arms. I didn’t know what to do with her. Boys, I understood. Girls, to a very great extent, were and are a mystery. I was afraid I’d break her or hold her too tightly. After Tori, my sons had three boys in a row and I thought things had returned to normal. But the next seven grandchildren were all girls.

Barring some unforeseen event, Tori will be the first of the eleven to be married. Soon after she was born, I dedicated her to the Lord in church. Later I baptized her and saw her confirmed in the Church. When she turned 12, she looked 15, so I started asking her if she had any “boyfriends I needed to kill.” I know that her father is her primary protector but I decided to ride shotgun on that stagecoach. The more protection, the better, I figured. And now someone has come along and stolen her heart. And he is a fine young man, one I will be proud to call family.

When Tori was 16, she told me, as she had in the past, “I want you to marry me when the time comes. I want my daddy to walk me down the aisle and I want you to marry me.” Touched, I said, “Tori, I’d be honored. If I can, I will.” She cocked her head and said, “What do you mean, ‘if you can?’ Why couldn’t you?” “Well, I’m 60 years old,” I said. “I might not be around forever.” “Oh, pooh,” she retorted. “That’s not old.” “Sweetheart, my father died at age 69.” A look came over her face and tears spilled down her cheeks. “Well, that can’t happen,” she sobbed. “You have to be here!” I held her close, terribly regretting that I ever opened my big mouth, and said, “I do plan to be here. I do.”

And now, the distant future is not so far away. The baby I held in my arms is going to be married. And, I presume, she will be a mother, too, someday. It thrills me. It delights me. It frightens me, too. I want to protect her and her intended from the pressures and pains of adulthood. I want them to have an easier time of it that did we. But that’s not a role I can play. They will meet life on their own terms and, with God’s help, they will prevail.

It also frightens me because, now, I want to see them all get married—all eleven of them. I want to stay reasonably healthy, be in my right mind, and I want to live longer than my father and my mother. I want to be at their weddings, see them have great-grandchildren, and watch them grow. The youngest will be 20 in 14 years. I will be 78 years old. I plan to be there, too.

Someone who had just had their first child once told me, “I don’t think I want any more children. I love this one so much.” I said to her, “Love is not like an apple pie where, if you have one child, they get the whole pie and, if another comes along, the pie is cut in half. Each child gets a whole new pie.”

I felt that way with my sons. There wasn’t a pie cut into thirds. There were three pies, as full of love and pride as could be. It’s the same with the grandkids—eleven grandkids, eleven pies. There are limits to many things. But love is not one of them. And so, I want to see them all experience and live their dreams. Hopefully, that’s not too much to ask of God. I know there are no guarantees but if He will let me, I plan to be there.

David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, GA (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese which consists of Georgia and Tennessee (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and the Associate Endorser for the Department of the Armed Forces, U. S. Military Chaplains, ICCEC. He may contacted at frepps@ctkcec.org

We Believe

2015 June 24
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Bishop David Epps

The Cathedral of Christ the King
Trinity Sunday
May 31, 2015

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Relationship with the Holy Spirit

2015 June 18
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Bishop David Epps

The Cathedral of Christ the King
Pentecost Sunday
May 24, 2015

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A Testimony of Healing

2015 June 16
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The Cathedral of Christ the King
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2015

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Thanking Mothers

2015 June 14
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Bishop David Epps

The Cathedral of Christ the King
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2015

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Climate Change and National Security

2015 June 12
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Bishop David EppsRecently, the President of the United States spoke at the graduation of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. There he proclaimed that one of the greatest threats to national security was…climate change. A Washington Post article stated, “President Obama warned Wednesday that climate change is a growing and ‘serious threat’ to national security, tying severe weather to the rise of the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and the civil war in Syria.
In his latest bid to turn up political pressure on Republicans over the environment, Obama challenged 218 newly commissioned officers at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to take the threats of climate as seriously as they would a cutter in peril on the seas.

‘You don’t sit back; you take steps to protect your ship,’ Obama said. ‘Anything less is a dereliction of duty. The same is true for climate change.’
Alluding to usual robust GOP support for U.S. troops, Obama said: ‘Politicians who say they care about military readiness ought to care about this as well.’
‘Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, ‘he told the graduates in their dress white uniforms at the campus football stadium, ‘and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act— and we need to act now.’”

All the while, the following is occurring:

  • The Director of the FBI claims that the presence of ISIS is active in all 50 states.
  • North Korea is working on a missile that can deliver a nuke to the United States
  • Iran continues to attempt to develop nuclear capability
  • ISIS continues to expand and murder at a level that would make the Nazis proud
  • The southern border continues to be a potential entry point for illegal drugs and terrorists bent on destruction
  • Within five years the Chinese will have more warships than the United States
  • Russia has flexed its expansionist muscle and, finding little resistance, is likely to do so again.

Assuming that climate change is real (no one doubts that climates change—there is great disagreement, however, over whether climate change is man-made), it is still baffling that the president, at the graduation of military officers, would proclaim it as a serious threat to national security when other serious situations are so obvious.

The President of the United States is the Commander-in Chief of the most powerful military force on the planet. And, yet, climate change is what he chooses to declare as a serious threat to national security? And just what does he expect Coast Guard officers to actually do about climate change? All the while, the world is filled with real and present dangers that really would like to destroy western civilization. It is no wonder that out allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us. The blood of weakness is in the water and the global sharks are circling.

David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, GA (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese which consists of Georgia and Tennessee (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and the Associate Endorser for the Department of the Armed Forces, U. S. Military Chaplains, ICCEC. He may contacted at frepps@ctkcec.org