Posts tagged ‘Death’

July 29, 2011

Friday Afternoon Links

by Vince
  • The family of Amy Winehouse believes she died because her body couldn’t take the withdrawal from alcohol. A friend of mine recently made a “too soon” joke about her: she has now been sober for 1 week.
  • TIME counts off their top 30 music videos of all time.
  • In case you hadn’t heard, Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo Dylan, is a rapper.
  • Tim Wise will have two new books out in the next six months!
  • Some awesome pictures from the Tour de France 2011.
  • President Obama comments today on the debt ceiling crisis.
April 1, 2011

Reflecting on Colossians 3:1-17

by Vince

This is what I jotted down this morning over a cup of coffee.

Seek the things that are above, where Christ is.
Does this call my focus to Godly care and providence? What about my worries? Does His will factor in to this?

Set your mind on things above, not on earth.
Set my whole mind, with all of its thoughts? What about my cares, love, passions?

Put to death passion
I don’t think this means to put to death good passion since this one is nestled between bad descriptors.

Put off the old self
a.k.a. be ‘born again’. Isn’t this a process, and by process I mean life long process? Not necessarily a one time thing / moment or a station you arrive at.

New self
It is being renewed, it has not been renewed.

Christ is all and in all
Is all of what? In all of what? In all humans?

And be thankful.
I have been growing in this.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Such a beautiful description.

February 1, 2011

Wise Question of the Day

by Vince

Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?

(Thanks N.B.)

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August 11, 2010

The War Report: The Kids Are Not Alright

by Vince

(Photo: Asan Bibi, 9, (R) and her sister Salima,13, (L) stand in the hallway of Mirwais hospital October 13, 2009 Kandahar, Afghanistan. Both were burned when a helicopter fired into their tent in the middle of the night on October 3rd, according to their father. Three members of the family were killed in the incident. The family belongs to the Kuchi ethnic tribe, nomads living in tents out in the open desert whom are very vulnerable to a war they have little understanding of. The Taliban are now staging suicide attacks and IED blasts in densely populated areas to create a bigger impact as more of Afghan’s war wounded hit the headlines. By Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.)

Some more background courtesy of the Daily Dish:

As we fight an unwinnable war in an ungovernable country, the enemy simplyratchets up the evil by targeting more and more innocent civilians, especially women and children. HuffPo’s headline misleadingly suggests that US policy is behind the yearly increase in civilian fatalities but the UN report actually notes that casualties caused by the US and UK fell by 30 percent and by 64 percent in aerial bombing in one year, which strikes me as a real achievement for McChrystal. But then you see an image like that above (having scanned many of them I feel numb from the images of agony and despair) which was the result of a Coalition air-strike gone awry and you see the awful, horrible, gut-wrenching moral dilemma we are in. But the vast majority of child murders are by the Taliban.

August 11, 2010

Navigating Through Grief

by Vince

Joe Sterling shares his personal story of losing his teenage son and how he dealt with the grief (and those who offered him advice that he should stop grieving or that he should see this as all part of God’s plan):

The only advice I can give a parent who loses a child is to soldier on. You have no choice. As years go by, pleasant thoughts of the departed will replace the nightmares and the pain. The torment will always be there but it will recede.

Here’s a quote from The New York Times obit of Bob Lemon, the Cleveland Indians pitcher and Yankees manager, about the death of his son in an accident. I’ve never stopped thinking about this remark after I first read it.

“I’ve never looked back and regretted anything. I’ve had everything in baseball a man could ask for. I’ve been so fortunate. Outside of my boy getting killed. That really puts it in perspective. So you don’t win the pennant. You don’t win the World Series. Who gives a damn? Twenty years from now, who’ll give a damn?”

“You do the best you can. That’s it.”

Joe gives some great insight into his personal interactions with his Jewish Temple and how they surrounded him in this bleak period of life. He is real in acknowledging the realities of life after the mourning period is over. His story shows that his community was there for him but there is no clear cut or easy answer to dealing with such grief for the long haul. He sees value in trucking along and dealing with whatever happens in your life, but even I (who hasn’t lost a child) can’t comprehend these things until it hits me. Let me remember that next time I confront someone marching through their own battle field of grief.