My head is still trying to come to grips with the death of Osama Bin Laden. But while I’m reeling, other people are eloquently saying things that make a lot of sense. In case you’re struggling like I am, I decided to share their thoughts with you.
There’s SouthLakesMom at I didn’t Know That, who says, in part:
I rejoice that a very dangerous mission, that has been ongoing for many years, and that has undoubtedly caused much harm to military and intelligence people involved in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden (OBL), is over…I mourn the loss of life because those who died lived in such darkness.
You should read the rest of her post here – especially the end where she tells a story about her son that shames most of us (or maybe it’s just me).
And Erin at The Fierce Beagle, who says, in part:
On the one hand, he had it coming…On the other hand, death is a time for grieving. I feel relief that he is gone, but I grieve for his death. Maybe not the end of his particular life as he chose to live it, but the one that he might have lived if he had been a better man, the one that all of us might live: a life of goodness, kindness, and peace.
Her post also challenges me to try to be a better person – to remember that justice isn’t just something appropriate for other people. As she says, I’ve often behaved as though all along, what I’ve really been pledging is liberty and justice for me. Read the rest of her post here.
Barbara Crafton talked about the end of a chapter in her Almost Daily Emo today. She said:
There was a time before Osama bin Laden became what he became. He came into the world as we all do: an innocent child. It was not God's intention for him to become a dealer in horror and death… And she said: Those of us whose hearts still skip a beat when we see a low-flying plane -- we are a little quiet. That he is gone yields a grim satisfaction, but it is something other than joy. A certain symmetry has been achieved, but not a single one of the 3,000 innocent will come back to us because Osama has died.
Read the rest of the Emo here.
And lastly, my good friend Kim quotes Rumi on her blog Prayers for the Oft Traveled Road:
… Forget the nonsense categories
of there and here.
Race and nation and religion.
Starting point and destination.
You are soul and you are love,
not a sprite or an angel or a human being.
You are a Godman-womanGod-manGod-Godwoman.
No more questions now
as to what it is we are doing here.