I am thinking that with all the service men returning from Irac there will probably be some of your congregations who will be  among them.  It is worth taking time to go internet and get all the information that you can gather about their efforts, from start to finish.  It would be good to print it out and give copies to all your staff to read.  This would not mean that you had to talk about that, but just knowing all about where he or she served and to be informed about our efforts there will prepare your minds and hearts to be good listeners.  Look the collection over with a critical eye thinking, "If I were trying to get back into civilian lifestyle, what would I need to find on the church library shelves?"  

Happy New Year in Church Library work.  I pray that you will be inspired to attempt something new for the Lord!  I feel inclined to quote my mother's favorite Bible verse and she used to include it in many of her letters to me when I was a young person out on my own.  I was working in Richmond, Virginia and she was in West Virginia.  We wrote regularly.  This verse that I also love is found in 1 Cor 15:58  Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, inasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  Mackie

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