Saturday, August 20, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

I got over my annoyance with this Cindy Sheehan protest rather quickly and now I just feel really, really sorry for her. Sometimes people get that same "YOU KILLED HIM" mentality she is exhibiting with doctors after a loved one died.

This woman's whole life is falling down around her and her "friends" seem happy to escort her further down that road. She says she hasn't spoken to her extended family since the election because they voted for Bush. Her family spoke out against her and her response was "they never really knew Casey anyway." Her husband is divorcing her and even she admits it's in relationship to her anti-war activities. Her other son tried to join the army but she begged him not to because "the government was going to get another one of her children." She's said she's no longer going to pay taxes. Well, the list just goes on and on...

There was another man who once was willing to put the death of a son before his whole family. It was Jacob, in the book of Genesis. You know, Israel, the guy with 12 sons. You know, one of those grand ol' Bible people who never did anything wrong.

Then Joseph tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many
days. All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be
comforted. "No", he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave to my
son." So his father wept for him. Gen 37:34,35

He never forgot his son and he was unwilling to be the father he needed to anymore. Immeadiately after Joseph 'died', Benjamin became his "loved one" because his favorite son was gone. He holds Benjamin higher above all his other brothers. He let Simeon rot in jail for a long while and refused to deal with the situation. Only when the grain ran out, and the family had to go back to Egypt for more, did he finally deal with the problem. But he throws his sorrow in his other sons' faces by saying,

"You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is
no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. " and "My son will not go
down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If
harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head
down to the grave in sorrow."

But this doesn't make Jacob any less worthy of God's love. And the same should be for Cindy Sheehan. A person who believes in Jesus also knows that they are going to see their loved one again in heaven. I wish more of Cindy Sheehan's "friends" were telling her this true message of love.

1 comment:

MHN for short said...

sad, she doesn't know what to do with her grief.