Friday, June 8, 2007

Supporting the troops in an unjust war

On Father's Day, a police officer I have worked with is being deployed overseas with the reserves. While he is not a close friend, he is an acquaintance, and the person I know best who has been or will be involved in this war. He is a father with kids approximately my kids' ages.

It is hard to know how exactly to support the troops in a war you don't believe should even be happening. Duane Shank gives one idea in Jim Wallis's blog, "God's Politics":

I’ve made reading the news each morning into a spiritual discipline. I read the
names in the almost daily U.S. casualty lists aloud and say a prayer for these
young men and women, their families and friends. Each one of them is a unique
child of God, with unique experiences and lives, now gone. Lifting them in
prayer has become a way to lament the continuing deaths.

I tried this earlier in the war, but it got very depressing. However, I never thought of it as a spiritual discipline. I think I will try this any time I read about a death in the paper. Whatever you think of the war, maybe you could join me.

You can see Shank's entire post at

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