Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Not long after I finished Chaplain Basic Training I was on Temporary Duty (TDY) helping process Soldiers for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, and I received word that a Soldier home on pass from an Army school had died in a motorcycle accident. I immediately went to visit his family, who live about a half-hour away from the installation where I was serving my TDY.

It's been almost two years now since SPC Justin Baldwin died, though it doesn't seem as though it can be that long. I had lunch with his parents and grandmother a few days ago as my training came to a close. They have become important people in my life.

We spoke of grieving and Iraq and their horses and how God is able to bring life in the midst of unspeakable loss and sadness and fear. I'm grateful for their prayerful support of me while I was Down Range.

It will be good to see them again when I return from Kosovo!

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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1 comment:

dorothy said...

Hi Fr.Tim We love you very much and
appreciate the time you took to
have lunch and visit with us. I am
waiting to get your snail mail address in Kosono and our family
will continue to pray daily for yoy and the troops.Be sure you tell
your new assistant Copeland our prayers and appreciation for keeping you safe go out to him too.
The Baldwin Family in California.rocal

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