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Rev. Norma Gillom
President, American Correctional Chaplains Association
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The President, officers, and members of the American Correctional Chaplains Association celebrate and pay tribute to
Rev.Edgar E. Filbey, Chaplain retired
John Donne, a priest in the Church of England, wrote words that still resonate with us today. He said:
“No man is an island, entire of itself;
He talked about the entire continent being diminished when even a clod fell into the sea. He went on to say:
“Any man’s death diminishes me,
And then he gave us those words that have burned into our consciousness. He said:
“Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
You have heard those words before. They speak to us of life and death—but their central theme is our brotherhood and sisterhood—our connectedness, our interdependence, the strength that we gain from each other—and the loss that we sustain when one of us dies.
When he talks about the tolling of the bells, he is referring to a custom of that day. When there was a funeral in a village church, they would ring the church bell—once for each year of the person’s life. People would stop and listen. If the bells rang many times, they would say, “He had good innings.” There was something satisfying about that—something right about a life that had run its course.
Chaplain Filbey’s life ran its course. Rev. Filbey was married to Rev. Doris Woodruff (former President of ACCA). He served as pastor of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church in New York City. He moved to Indianapolis as a chaplaincy intern for Methodist Hospital of Indiana and became Director of Pastoral Education, also serving as the Chaplain of the Children's Pavilion and cofounding the Buchanan Counseling Center. Following retirement, he became the first Chaplain at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
Ed’s passion was to be of service to others. As a faithful member of ACCA, he served as Chairperson of the Program and Hospitality Committee. He supported ACCA 100%. He welcomed new members as a pastor welcomes new congregants—with wise counsel, and a sense that “You are not alone.”
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
We have come today to remember dear departed friends—but we have come to celebrate the grace of God. Thanks be to God for the promise that we will live with him forever! Thanks be to God for his great mercy!
Let us pray:
Gracious Father, we give you thanks for this opportunity to gather to honor Edgar E. Filbey, our friend—gone now from our presence but not from yours. We thank you that his death has not been the end of his story—and that we will see him again.
But we thank you for your promise that we too will continue in your presence through all eternity—and bask in your love.
In gratitude and loving memory,
The American Correctional Chaplains Association
Memorial Day Prayer
Memorial Day has come to mark the beginning of summer, a time for picnics, barbecues, and family fun.
Family just simply gathering to fellowship in fun and games. Some out on the lake fishing, swimming, some just sitting and enjoying one another’s company. That happiness and those freedoms however are possible because of what we celebrate on this Holiday. Let us pray for those who fought and sacrificed their lives that we can enjoy the freedoms Americans Hold so dear.
This Memorial Day let us pray for those who fight for the same freedom we have. Let us remember Ukraine. As they fight to maintain their freedom. Many have died, many are suffering; just to have the liberty, justice and freedom we Americans hold so dear.
Liberty, Justice, and freedom don’t come cheap. They comes with a price. They were purchased by those who fought, bled, and died for this country.
As we visit the graves of our loved ones. Let us send up prayers for those who lost loved ones this year from COVID-19, other serious illness … cancer, stroke, heart disease, domestic violence, sudden death by random acts of violence: Mass Shooting, and the loss of life from natural disasters. Let’s pray that the cost of life goes down and the longevity goes up.
As we remember those who fought on the bloody battle fields let us pray that the peace which passes all understanding will soon be all over this world.
Rev. Norma J. Gillom, President American Correctional Chaplains Association