Monday, May 28, 2012

Only Children Die in War

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This image arrested me today.  An Infantryman's infant.  A  child who will not long be kept warm by his father's empty uniform.

Many of the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country were fathers and mothers.

Each and every were somebody's child.

This same image could serve as a haunting forecast of a future casualty in a future conflict.

Our son, Ezra, will be 4 months old on Sunday.  I cannot fathom how quickly-lived will be the time from today to his eligibility for enlistment.

My heart and prayers are with those who have lost children to war.  Psalm 46:10 is a well-known and beloved passage of scripture - "Be still, and know that I am God."  What is less well-known is that this is a word spoken into the midst of battle and uproar:

God is our refuge and strength, 
    an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
though its waters roar and foam 
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
    the holy place where the Most High dwells. 
God is within her, she will not fall; 
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; 
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done, 
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire. 
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Into the midst of violence, our hope comes in Triune form:

  1. The passion of the Son has shown the Father's heart towards the estranged children of God.
  2. The presence of the Spirit turns the grieving heart into a garden for a grace as yet unseen.
  3. The power of the Father brings all things to stillness and ensures death will not enjoy the final exaltation.
In other Memorial Day reflections, Relevantmagazine.com has a thoughtful piece written by a "soldier turned pacifist," on the tension between loyalty to God and Country.

I invite you to leave a comment below in honor of those who have given their lives for our freedom.




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