Sunday, May 29, 2016

Decoration Day

Some thoughts that occurred to me during meeting for worship this morning...

Today I hold in the Light military vets like my 98-year-old father-in-law as well as those who have fallen, who paid the ultimate price --and whose families continue to suffer-- because of humanity's inability to resolve conflicts nonviolently. 

I am reminded of the Illiad and the Odyssey, those epic poems that express the Greek belief that war among humans reflects rivalries and conflicts among the gods on Mount Olympus. Our leaders in high places, like the gods of Antiquity, pull the strings of those in more lowly places. However, unlike Ulysses, Aeneas  Roland, Henry V, and other literary military heroes, our leaders do not gallop at the head of their troops. Some, like Joe Biden, do have sons or daughters who serve. But most are safe and their children are safe at home, while the sons and daughters of others are sent into combat. Some reserve units deploy a number of adults from the same town ... sometimes including a mother and father from the same young family.

We still have much to do before we can, like George Fox, come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were.

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