It’s been an interesting first couple of months as the new pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Pennsylvania. My Family and I recently purchased a home in Sharon, Pa., and they will be moving in June from the Indianapolis, Ind., area so we will be together again. In a sense we will be returning home, though I was born and raised in Texas, my wife Patti and son Christopher are native to Pennsylvania and both our Families now live in the central part of the state. God willing we are looking forward to settling down for a while in one place and putting down some roots in the community.
It’s been an interesting first couple of months within the Unit Ministry Team (UMT) offices as CH (Col.) Gore announced his plan to retire in the coming year and a search began to name his replacement. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wiggins, Senior NCOIC AGR, recently was selected to become part of the 81st RSC UMT team. His transition leave begins the first part of June, so May Battle Assembly will be his last with us in this office. Wiggins has served the 108th Training Command (IET) well and will be missed. His replacement, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Castrobentez, will report at the end of October. We look forward to his arrival and putting down new roots within the 108th and the Charlotte communities.
In the book of Matthew, there is recorded the parable of the Sower of the Seed. Within the parable there are two lines. The first, “But when the sun rose, they [the seed] were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.” And the second, “Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Parables are fun because you can read them in so many ways. Who is the sower and what is the seed? I am interested in the rootedness of the seed. If the seed is not well planted, the soil not prepared then there is no opportunity for roots to develop and grasp the soil.
By working together, we prepare the soil of the 108th Training Command (IET). Soldiers, civilians, and Families are seeded or transplanted into this soil and grow, putting down roots and bringing forth a yield of 30, 60, 100 fold enriching the lives around them whether it is here or within the communities we live, play and work when not in uniform.
It’s been an interesting first couple of months. Roots are grasping good soil. May God continue to richly bless the 108th, our communities and Families.
CH (Lt. Col.) Michael Lozano