A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
DECEMBER 30, 2004
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Greets and Huggers. Posted December 31, 2004, the
evening of New Years Eve Day. To end the year, we witnessed what
some call an "Act of God". I, like you, watched videos on
the evening news, of the Indian Ocean tsunami
and it's after effects. Horrific videos of people being swept away.
for a series of satellite "before" and "after"
pictures). As of today, tonight, there are over 150,000 dead and the
number is rising. Whole towns, villages, complete communities ...
gone. One third of the victims of this catastrophe ... are children.
50,000 innocent children. The tsunami killed and destroyed everything in
it's path: it didn't care about age, sex, race, national origin or
religion. I wonder why we call natural disasters like hurricanes,
tornado's, earthquakes and the tsunamis they spawn, "Acts of
God"? I suppose those who believe in "creation
science" consider these flukes of nature, part of HIS
"Divine Plan". Perhaps they are ... but why would
God watch the killing of 50,000 innocent children, by the very forces of
nature, HE ostensibly controls and according to "creation
science", used, to create this reality? At the same time, the
wildlife in the region was spared. (The tsunami killed very little
wildlife, (the animals apparently sensed it's coming and ran to higher
ground before it hit)). If God "so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten son" ... why didn't HE spare 50,000
innocent children ... instead of the indigenous wild life? A
hard question to ask a person of faith ... but a harder one for that
person of faith, to answer ... isn't it? How could the stock answer,
"It is the will of God", make sense? For me,
labeling an event that killed thousands a "fluke of nature",
makes more sense than labeling it an "Act of God".
The event of the year for me, was having lunch with my daughter, this past Wednesday. We met at Thai Paradise, (a wonderful, small restaurant at 1513 Grand in Kansas City). She brought her best friend, Landa ... I walked up to them, shook Landa's hand and put my arms around Elsbeth, gave her a hug and said, "Hi, Elsbeth ... I'm your Dad". She hugged me back, smiled, (a beautiful smile), and said, "I know". We went in, ate and spent an hour talking. When it was time to leave, I walked them to their vehicle, gave Elsbeth a hug and said, "I love you, Elsbeth." ... she replied, "I love you too, Dad." ... got in the truck and drove away. How is it that such a simple phrase can make a grown man cry? I drove back to Holden, thinking about all the things I had missed ... in my daughter's life ... and all the things, I could now look forward to. I thought about my decision not to fight with her mother and what that cost both Elsbeth and I. When I got back to Holden, Susan shared with me that Elsbeth had called after our lunch ... and they talked, on the phone, for almost an hour. Elsbeth was curious, had questions about me and who I am. Perhaps, some questions were answered. I know there must be more. There are plans for Elsbeth and I to meet again for lunch this Sunday. If God is love ... then, my daughter and I having lunch, reconnecting again, after all these years ... is an "Act of God".
On the evening news, we lost 800 men and women in Iraq this past year. Seems a small number when compared to the 150,000 people in Asia, who lost their lives this week, the almost 90,000 that lost their lives to medical mistakes this past year ... how many highway deaths? How many deaths due to complications from obesity, smoking, ad nausium? There is so much to live for in this life, there are so many sights to see, (and photograph!!), such great food, music, art et. al. to experience. Isn't this the day we reflect on a year gone by and celebrate the potential of a new year. Tonight, as you join family and friends to celebrate and welcome in a new year, please accept Susan and I's best wishes and prayers: for this coming New Year, we pray you prosper, have good health and most important ... you take the time to enjoy each and every day and each "Act of God". Tonight, when you finally make it home safely to bed and hold the person most important to you, as you drift off to sleep ... keep our men and women in uniform in your prayers/best wishes. Susan and I will. If my post offends, I apologize ... that is not my intent.
A Warm Brotherly, Happy New Year, Hug
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)
Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2004
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