Thursday, February 03, 2005

A Picture is

worth a thousand words. Go here and see a photo from last night's State of the Union address. In some respects, this image is so powerful I'm hesitant to comment at all. But I know my own teenager went to bed in the middle of the President's speech and hence missed the night's high point. A quick scan of the major network websites this morning showed no visuals of this moment. In fact, you would think the whole speech had been about Social Security.

So ... to give context, the woman beside Lady Bush - as our youngest has named her - is an Iraqi whose father had been murdered by Saddam Hussein. Now she leads a women's movement in Iraq and risked her life, along with millions of other citizens, to vote this weekend. The woman in blue whom she is embracing is the mother of a soldier slain in Fallujah. That's his father shaking hands with an unidentified military man.

Wow. What a picture of redemption. Both families united in grief and tragedy, but also in hope and mutual comfort. We glimpse the good God is working through the sacrifice and suffering of those who laid down their lives for others. As people of faith, that's our hope on display - that in the darkest hours God has not forgotten, and God, in His time and in His way, will redeem our troubles and pain.

"For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort, too." II Corinthians 1:5