Father's Day

Father's Day June 19, 2011

A sweet gift from today’s soldiers

King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, MasterGod, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you’ve let me in on it.

II Sam. 18-21

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  • “Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground. Mother Earth will swallow you. Lay your body down.”

    Some old Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young lyrics from back yonder in life remind me how remote the cost of war has become.

    I recently read glib comments from youngster Rich Lowry. Near as I can tell he is 44 years old, was six when Saigon fell, and became a professional talking head within two years of graduating college without having served a day of an enlistment himself: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/269501/against-afghan-drawdown-rich-lowry

    He’s got it nailed on Afghanistan, he says. Stay the course, he declares. Without really stating where to and how long.

    I note how easily Lowry says “we’re told we can’t afford the $10 billion per month cost”. As if he’d ever been asked to personally chip in a dime. I’m sure he lobbies regularly for tax cuts, has many golfing buddies who do.

    Well, how often aren’t we “told” that we can’t actually afford the cost of unemployment benefits, mental health services for vets, keeping their families in housing, paying for their education, paying for WIC, developing an energy supply that’s sustainable for both our wallets and the planet, giving ourselves a transportation infrastructure that actually looks like one belonging to a superpower vs. third world has-been, providing better health care for all at half the cost by going to another system with a known track record? Please, Mr. Lowry, be fair and balanced and list these “we’re told” stats also.

    But maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe Mr. Lowry has a kid on his third or fourth tour. Maybe he has three over there right now. I’m certain he’d say so if he did. Maybe we could save money by not paying people to talk about things they haven’t done.

    Maybe one day Mr. Lowry will find the cost of freedom. And the cost of war. I hope we all do.

    Karen, I hope your Father’s Day was a blessed one, despite the costs we can never know. Please help keep our eyes open.

  • Notice the woman in the skirt, closest to the camera person? See the reflection of the man, her husband maybe? Or brother? Or her dad? One never knows who has been lost… and who remains…

    Sobering heartache and beauty.