Monday, August 15, 2011

The cost of war

Photo credit:  Aaron Thompson

I came across this picture tonight when I was reading a blog that focuses on telling feel-good stories of returning soldiers.  Sandwiched in between all the heart-warming videos of surprise reunions was this photo reminding us that there is a very real cost to war and that the homecoming of every soldier is not always happy one.

We've heard a lot lately about the financial cost of this war in which our country is engaged.  Frankly, I've found those figures to be shocking and it should be clear to all of us that these costs are a significant factor in our current economic woes.  Those costs, however, pale when compared to the cost that I see reflected in the face of 11 year old Christian Golczynski, pictured above.  The pain that we see in this picture has been repeated thousands of times over the past 10 years on the faces of the children, spouses,  parents and grandparents of those that have been lost in this conflict.

Last week was the deadliest week for the U.S. in this long war.  I understand that there is a cost to freedom and protecting our country.  I understand that our country has a responsibility to stand up for what is right even if that sometimes requires getting involved on foreign soil.  There are some people, however, who have never met a war they didn't like. 

I think it's time for those of us who believe in the power of prayer to begin earnestly praying for those in Washington who will make the decisions about our country's future in these current conflicts.  We need to pray for them to have the wisdom to make the right decisions and the courage to act on them. 

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