An Announcement from the Blog

There comes a time in any marriage where a couple would be well-advised to sit down and evaluate what it is that is working and what isn’t working in their relationship; to determine what they do well together, as well as what it is that could stand attention.

So, as my lovely wife and I celebrate five years of wedded bliss, we look back at our lives together, and see a fantastic journey that includes many laughs, a few tears, and three wonderful kids who have changed our lives immeasurably for the better.  And despite the many sleep-deprived nights, metric tons of dirty diapers, and constant din that comes with having three active young children, I think most everyone who knows us would say that when it comes to producing offspring, we have done quite well.

What we aren’t very good at, apparently, is family planning.  Which is to say …

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Reflections on a Life

On September 16, a man carrying a shotgun entered Building 197 at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, and began shooting.  Fifteen individuals were shot, 12 fatally, before the gunman himself was killed in a firefight with security forces.

Bodrog_FamilySadly, these kind of events have become somewhat commonplace in our fallen world.  It seems that as soon as the shock of one evil act starts to wear off, another one jumps up to take its place.  Some are politically motivated; others are the by-product of religious fervor; while still others seem to lack any rhyme or reason, apart from the personal demons that haunted the perpetrator.  But in every case, the result is real suffering – real pain.

Each time I hear about the tragic loss of life, I try to take a few minutes to lift up the families affected in prayer, asking God to comfort those that mourn, and that He may raise up servants to minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of the ones left to come to grips with the unconscionable and the senseless.

And yet, if I am completely honest, I have to admit that more often than not, these prayers have been largely a spiritual exercise for me – sincere, but lacking in any real empathy that would come from knowing someone who was directly affected by the events.   The unspoken sentiment being, “I sure am glad I didn’t know anyone who was killed.”

The events of September 16 changed that for me.

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