The theme for this year’s National Prayer Breakfast was an excerpt from the Holy Bible, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord;” found in Psalms 33:12. This year’s breakfast was hosted by the Post Chapel and held at the Frontier Club, Feb. 20. The event welcomed all spiritual leaders from WSMR and within the surrounding area. Command Chaplain of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command Chaplain David VanderJagt was the guest speaker at this year’s event.
VanderJagt spoke about the importance of loyalty. VanderJagt said there are four key guidelines to follow to ensure your loyalty is in the right place; loyalty must evoke a strong emotion, daily life must demonstrate where your loyalty lies, loyalty is a choice, so choose wisely.
“If loyalty comes with strong emotions then your loyalty to God should also come with strong emotions,” VanderJagt said.
VanderJagt said he had always known to be loyal to God but it wasn’t until he attended a Prayer Breakfast as a Pastor that he realized that he also had a loyalty to his country that he wanted to fulfill. Since then, at 25, VanderJagt has served both God and his country as an Army Chaplain.
“At that point my loyalty to another cause came into effect,” VanderJagt said. “There’s only one supreme loyalty in my life. You will never go wrong in trusting in God.”
Leading up to VanderJagt’s speech were a number of scripture readings and prayers. Father Gan Nguyen took the podium and prayed for the nation and 2nd Engineer Battalion Chaplain. Tim Brown also took the podium to pray for the military. John Cantu of the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo returned for his second year to provide the musical accompaniment for this year’s event.
“Never let us forget the struggle and the pain. Help us to reflect the glory of your gracious God,” Nguyen said.
The annual event ended with WSMR Chaplain, Lt. Col. Bradley West presenting VanderJagt with a gift of local delicacies.