Thursday, August 25, 2005

Frettin' Over Other Peoples Chilren'

Cyber-space makes for strange relationships. Two nights ago I went to bed fretting over a soldier in Iraq who I've never met and never plan to meet and who I only know of by reading his mom's public diary online. His mother had posted that she had been notified by the Army that he had been injured in a bomb blast and had a serious spinal injury...nothing more. For several months now, I have been following this guy through the war in Iraq...through his mother's words...and I've been so affected by them that I had trouble sleeping that night and woke up in the middle of the night and prayed for him. What a strange place cyber-space is. When total strangers form a bond through typed words and the very shy are able to express themselves anonymously without fear of others knowing their deepest...things...that's strange.
And now we have this amazing network to ask for instant prayer and we get it from people who don't know us from Adam.
I'm a private person and don't care to meet most people I run across online, but I do enjoy knowing that compassion is just a key-stroke away. My own young soldier is safe for now but I 'm glad to know that when the time comes that I too must ask for the prayers of the faithful, there will be plenty of people out there ready and willing to come to my aid.


Some Soldier's Mom said...

we already pray for Sprout's safety... but you're right -- the response has more than restored my faith in the human race!!

CaliValleyGirl said...

*Sigh*...I can't tell you how many times I have cried in front of the computer. It was such a relief to hear the Noah was doing better.

It was a relief on so many levels. I have been following his mother's blog for a while, and didn't want her to go through the grief and anguish that I have seen in others. This was perhaps a slightly selfish desire, in that obviously on that very same day, another mother of an American soldier killed or terribly wounded in Iraq was going through that very anguish, however I would not witness to it or know of it.

Blogging definitely brings us closer to the happenings, here at home and in war zones...and I think if more people were as involved in the war as we are, there would be different, more emotional opinions on both sides of political fences.