Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Yesterday, Tuesday, was a day betwixt and between, so to speak.
It was the day we published our Salute to Heroes section honoring veterans and the day that our news copy was due for our Christmas in the Valley section.
To tell you the truth, I was so busy thinking about the publications I had to force myself to slow down and remember the meaning of the events they celebrate - honoring our veterans and our Christ.
On Veteran's Day I can't help but reflect on my time in Cle Elum, where the community would fill the middle school gym to overflowing for a celebration honoring local vets.
Some of my first interviews as a reporter were with Cle Elum and Roslyn veterans. I remember the opportunity I had my first Veteran's Day there to write a story about a World War II veteran who served at the Battle of the Bulge, sharing a story he hadn't even shared with his own children.
That was an honor, as was an interview on the seven brothers who all got called to war and all came home alive.
As for Christmas, it's heralding a season of hope and a reminder that peace and forgiveness are always available. The very opposite of war.
Yet it's war that's all around us.
Monday, during the exact same time as the Sunnyside City Council tussled with staff over the 2009 budget, a call sent the police chief and deputy chief scrambling out the door to a scene where a teen was shot on a Sunnyside street and eventually died.
The war of words continued in the council budget session, even as a war of wounds played itself out on the street.
I'm honestly at a loss as to these domestic war scenes.
So I hold on to what I know, that as the Bible says our "war is not against flesh and blood," but is against spiritual forces that would divide us and pitch us one against the other.
So in this time betwixt and between Veteran's Day and Christmas, let's remember those who serve in conflict and the One who came to bring "peace on Earth."