Boots on a spiritual rock

Tuesday, November 11, marks the observance of Veterans’ Day in the U.S. This is a reprint of a column that appeared last year.


“Nothing can separate you from the love of God,” she gently spoke to him.  With all the confusion surrounding them, she continued to pray with the man she was kneeling over.  It was September 11, 2001.

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One of the first female chaplains ever called to active duty, Retired Colonel Janet Horton has had some pretty intense experiences.  In her distinguished career as a Christian Science Military Chaplain, she has seen duty around the globe helping the men and women who serve in the military to keep soul and body together.

Returning to the States after her overseas deployment, Horton was hoping for a post in Georgia. She was assigned to the Pentagon.  At the time she considered it a questionable assignment at best.  “I thought this was a big mistake” she said when I spoke with her, but through prayer she came to the conclusion that God doesn’t slipup.   She eventually came to realize that she was at the right place at the right time.

The morning of September 11, 2001 saw the World Trade Center in New York under attack and United Flight 93 crashing into a Pennsylvania field.   Then at 10:10am American Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

The nose of the plane that struck the building hit the rear of the personnel area.  There was an explosion and fireball.  Read more…