Thursday, April 13, 2006

Life goes on

Day 5
I finally have a computer that I can use on the internet. It is nice to have the security of something familiar like my own computer. I have been on the move for over a month now and each little thing that tells me something familiar is a welcome relief. I am in a temporary office right now, but even this is an improvement.

The last week I have been getting an orientation from the chaplain I am replacing. He tells me that I am his favorite person right now. He is a pretty neat guy, gave a lot of good info for my mission here. I also got a good tour of the base with special emphasis on all the good spots.

I have been thinking lately how to explain to someone who isn't here what it is like to be here. I remember when I was about 16, I went to bible camp and stayed in a tent with a paraplegic guy from our church. I asked him what it was like to be paralyzed. He told me that one day in rehab some doctors came in and rode around in wheelchairs for a week. They did all the things that he had to deal with everyday. They were trying to understand what it was like by experiencing it for themselves. He told me that there was one big difference between their experience and his. At the end of the week, those doctors got up from their chairs and went home.

Being here is hardest because we are away from family, but that is not the worst part. The worst part is that life still goes on. I know that everyday things are happening to my family that I will never see. There will be birthdays and holidays, cut fingers and rug stains, trips to church and family visits, thousands of memories that happen everyday. Here it seems like time stands still. Nothing changes and everyday seems the same as the last.

Please don't take my ramblings as complaining, just letting you in on what is going through my mind. Mostly I am just glad to have this computer and finally have a place to unpack. Praise the Lord for small miracles.

8 Comments:

Blogger Difster said...

Even though I talk to my daughter every night on the phone and I spend quite a bit of time with her, the fact that I am not in her presence every day and that I have no control over it is always painful. I realize that I'm not as far away as you are but I think I still understand.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Roland said...

I don't understand to the depth of either you. I hope I never will. But, I am glad you have the blog. Does Anne read it?
If so, 'Hi'

We are going to see Drew's wife this weekend. I hope the kids play well together, and in some small way, we can encourage her.

I'm just sorry we haven't gotten a hold of Anne yet. So busy. Gotta change the busy thing, somehow...

10:34 PM  
Blogger Roland said...

Does the address you gave me still apply for where you are now?
(I am a bit behind)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Visarian said...

hi,
from Leigh

8:42 PM  
Blogger Visarian said...

Now can you recieve e-mails as a relay in communication?

8:56 PM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

My address is:
CH(1Lth Todd Luken
HHT 1-167th RSTA
APO-AE 09391

I can receive emails at:
todd.luken@us.army.mil

oh and hi to you too.

4:01 AM  
Blogger Chaplain Luken said...

My address is:
CH(1Lth Todd Luken
HHT 1-167th RSTA
APO-AE 09391

I can receive emails at:
todd.luken@us.army.mil

oh and hi to you too.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Judy Schletty said...

Hi Todd, Happy Easter! It is just dawn here, and our joy of the resurrection is being splashed with a light, spring rain. Uncle/bro Randy and I are going to Grandma's church (Living Springs) for breakfast and then later in the day Uncle Kermit, Sr. will be having dinner with Grandma, Margaret, and Randy. I imagine it is Easter Monday for you now. Hope your worship services went well. Found the website of a North Dakota chaplain recently who was deployed from Ft. Shelby the same time as you were. He said there is quite a shortage of chaplains, so you must have a busy day. I know you will be especially remembered in our thoughts and prayers today. Sent some of my family and your family an email I received from my Aunt Agnes entitled, "I'm A Christian," by Maya Angelou. Would be good if Randy and I could start a Bible study group in our apartment building. God bless you in your work! Love, Judy and Randy, too

7:37 AM  

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