I greet The Indwelling Sentries.
Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – The General Orders for Marine Corps sentries, “To be especially watchful at night and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.” I was in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. I was on guard duty one night, we were in a combat zone, so there was not light other than the moon and there was little of that. Our company was set up next the South Korean Marines. I accidentally stepped off into one of their outpost foxholes. I think I woke them up – I repeated, “I’m American” in rapid fire, above their chatter. I was reminded of that experience when I ponder the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America. To be especially watchful around others, during this “Dark Night.” I’m mentally challenging all person on or near current post. And, not allow myself to dwell in the presence of anyone with fever, Cough, or shortness of breath. Or, if they have traveled out of the country in the last 21 days. Or, if they have been in close contact with a person that may have COVID-19. Yea, thought I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thy art with me [and you]. I’m suggesting that we stay out of “enemy foxholes,” surrender our fears, and trust the Boss. Thy Love, Thy ‘Will be done.