Ruck-of-thankfulness held to reflect and be generous
November 25, 2013
The 39th Signal Battalion unit ministry team hosted a ruck-of-thankfulness on November 18. The purpose of the spiritual fitness event was to encourage Soldiers to recognize what they are thankful for during the Holiday season. This was accomplished in several ways.
First, Chaplain (Capt.) Ruben G. Saldana, 39th Signal Battalion Chaplain, challenged Soldiers to prioritize the important people and activities (faith, spouses, kid or physical training) that bring resilience and joy to their lives through a brief devotion and object lesson. Secondly, over fifty 39th Signal Soldiers put on their rucks, loaded with non-perishable food items, for a three mile ruck march. Thirdly, Soldiers encountered several interactive reflection points allowing them to identify and discuss who and what they are thankful for along the route. Fourthly, Soldiers filled over ten boxes of non-perishable food items to be donated to Share-a-Meal's Holiday food pantry for the Belgian community and were given the opportunity to sponsor a school aged Belgian orphan with a Christmas present. Lastly, Soldiers enjoyed fellowship with various breakfast items, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
The Holiday season is supposed to be the happiest time of the year yet, it can be the most stressful time for many. The remedy of some of this stress is to have a thankful heart and a generous spirit. This event provided Soldiers a time to be challenged, reflect on what they are thankful for, and to be generous.