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BB-MAY 2024

Bridging to New Beginnings

by Jamison (Jim) Brown
Christopher Butler (center)
2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Our grandson, Christopher, entered his freshman year at Benedictine Military School this year. His family is immensely proud of his accomplishments. Acceptance into such a prestigious institution is quite an honor.

Benedictine, founded in 1902 as a boys’ preparatory school, compares itself to the Southern military traditions of Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel. Each school day begins with prayer and ends with prayer. Every cadet’s foundation is the importance of remaining focused on God and trusting in His divine guidance.

With a deeper emphasis on faith and leadership, Christopher left behind the trappings of a “me first” society. He learned to lead by serving others, while also developing the mental acuity to cope with life’s disappointments. This he did with respect, dignity, and honor. It was a lot to ask of an American teenager, but he rose to the challenge admirably.


As we celebrate graduations and other major life changes, we are reminded of the profound cycles of birth, life, and death that occur under the watchful eye of eternity.

Transitions are not just about the young. There are those entering the autumn of their lives—those who have spent years in service and are now retiring or shifting to new roles within the community.

In the grand scheme of life and death, our faith assures us of a new beginning beyond this world. Our belief in eternity provides peace and hope, reinforcing the notion that every end is merely a new beginning in disguise.

Every stage of life is valuable and has a unique role in God’s plan. Regardless of our age, God calls each of us to serve in our own unique manner. We strive to grow in love, service, and faith—not just in numbers. Each life we touch—each act of kindness—fulfills God’s purpose for His church.


An old blackboard with the message “Stay calm and trust God.” greeted the freshmen as they entered the classrooms. I believe this simple wisdom can propel young minds to greatness. Our grandson believes it too.

“Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” The Good News: If you teach your children the ways of the Lord when they are young, they will keep their faith when they grow older.”

– Proverbs 22:6

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    Eleanor says:

    Beautifully written and the timing is perfect. I loved reading it.

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      Jim says:

      Many thanks, my friend.

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    Ann says:

    Congratulations to you and your grandson! “Stay calm and
    trust God,” should be a mantra for us all, certainly me.
    Thank you, Jim.

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      Jim says:

      Thank you, Ann. We are indeed proud grandparents!

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    Ray Krstolic says:

    Jim, outstanding letter. I’m sending it to my children and grandchildren. This is a must read for our future.

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      Jim says:

      Thanks for reading, Ray. I appreciate the kind reply.

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    Lynda says:

    As a former teacher I truly see how bringing Christ into the classroom makes all the difference.

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      Jim says:

      Thanks for reading my story, Lynda. Your comments mean a great deal to me. Take care. – Jim

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    Grace Walter says:

    Poignant and thought-provoking. Thank you so much.

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      Jim says:

      Thank you, Miss Grace. As always, your kind words are greatly appreciated. Take care. – Jim

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    bill Sickels says:

    I hope he is considering The Citadel for College. They would be great fro each other.
    Bill

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      Jim says:

      I’m not sure what Christopher will do for college but Citadel would certainly be a great choice.

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