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by Pete Schrank



Christ Lutheran member John Meister is an Airforce Vet (1960-1964), a cancer survivor, a seasoned dancer, a craftsman, and finally a chosen child of Christ.


The news of cancer can brings a cold shiver down the spine of anyone that receives this diagnosis. It either brings us closer to God or causes us to push him away.  Because John was a veteran he receives excellent care from Edward Hines Jr. Hospital.  With the help of Hines, the help of great doctors, and the help of God, John’s cancer is in remission.  We all need help.


PTSD was not a diagnosis given to the brave veterans of WWII and the Korean War, but that doesn’t mean that many haven’t suffered from it.  John participates in and helps recruit female volunteers to dance with the VA recreational Dance Therapy group at Hines VA Hospital to help those vets suffering medical ailments such as PTSD.  This therapy group was started by John in 2015.  There are many more male veterans and the group is always in need of female dancers.  The volunteers can receive one free dance lesson from Fred Astaire Studios (FAS) to help make these therapy sessions a fun and educational experience for everyone.  It is interesting to note that the last FAS instructor was a Lutheran Pastor working there before he received a call.  John and this group meet once a month at Hines and they would welcome your participation if you are interested.


Now John the craftsman is helping raise money for the Veterans as well as Christ Lutheran Church’s home welfare ministry.  John’s recent display of clocks, service insignias, crosses, wind chimes, stained glass and other handmade items raised over five hundred dollars for home welfare.  The craft kits are supplied by HELP HOSPITALALIZED VETERANS located at 615 W. Roosevelt Road in Maywood.  John’s skill and devotion to helping veterans as he himself receives help shows his Christian spirit, as found in the verse below:


Galatians 5:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”


In closing, please remember that we all need help; we can become helpers and can always be helping each other, but we are not helpless because God has chosen us for great things.