Sunday, November 12, 2023

Justice in War

I once asked my dad, a World War Two veteran, what he considered a “just war.” He replied, “All war is insanity.” 


I agree with my dad: even necessary war is insanity. People sometimes do in war what they would never consider doing under other circumstances.


Still, a soldier, sailor, airman or marine may be given opportunities to step aside from the insanity of war.


A young Marine officer - recently back from the war in Iraq - came to a men’s breakfast at our church a few years ago. He told the story of his platoon coming under fire while moving through an Iraqi  city. 


He heard the firing but no return fire from his platoon. He angrily moved forward to confront his Marines for holding fire. “Why aren’t you returning fire?” he demanded. The sergeant answered, “Sir the fire is coming from the middle of a crowd of civilians - men, women and children.”


The lieutenant eyed the crowd and paused. Then he ordered the sergeant to hold fire and take another route to where they were going. 


My take-away: You need not join the insanity every time you’re given an opportunity or excuse.



Saturday, May 13, 2023

Welcome Spring, 2023!

A welcome sign of spring is the little bird making a nest outside the bedroom window. While so much is decaying in this old world, God goes on renewing and invites us to join him.

Little heads will soon appear above the edges of the nest. Their Mom and Dad will feed them, making our rhododendron bush a hub of bird activity.

Welcome Spring! Thank you Jesus!