June 18, 2007

American Heroes

Eyes of sadness, yet firm resolve - much like the resolve I suspect was in her husband's eyes ere he was killed. This is what I saw when I expressed my condolences to the young--oh, how young--widow of an army helicopter pilot whose funeral was today at Immanuel. The Chinook he was piloting was shot down in Afghanistan by a Taliban RPG.

One life destroyed, but what of the cost to the four remaining - his wife and three young girls? The war in Afghanistan has made more sense to me than Iraq - but the cost seems enormous today. Tomorrow, it will begin to recede, as normal life resumes in the land of the free. And that is what frightens me - that I will forget this day, and the eyes of sadness I dared look into.


Marie N. said...

I'm thankful you were prepared well by excellent theology for the job you had to do inthis case.

Rev. Christopher S. Esget said...

I should note that I didn't preach at the funeral; my friend and colleague, Chaplain Edward Grimmenstein (with whom I went to seminary) had that challenge. It is a testament to the faith of the man and his widow that they desired to have the funeral at a Lutheran church instead of the more innocuous and vacuous sites that could have been chosen.

richsheri1 said...

Pr Esget,

As a vicar and a father of a son in the Marine Corps I understand your words in a very personal way. Through our military, God is keeping us free. May we not bear the sword in vain.

Rich Futrell