Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Friday, April 23, 2004

Sad news from Afghanistan: Pat Tillman Killed.

Tillman was the Phoenix Cardinal who chose to give up millions to join the Army Rangers. What a profound loss. He chose a virtuous approach to it all, shunning publicity, and serving without fanfare. He is the basis for the question I would ask of the fabulously wealthy professional athletes: "Why didn't you go?"

This one really hits hard.

Here's what Peggy Noonan wrote on his enlistment: Privileged to Serve

2 Samuel 1:23b, 27, "23 They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions."
"27 “How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!”

Senator John McCain has said: "I am heartbroken today by the news of Pat Tillman's death. The tragic loss of this extraordinary young man will seem a heavy blow to our nation's morale, as it is surely a grievous injury to his loved ones. But there is in Pat Tillman's example, in his unexpected choice of duty to his country over the riches and other comforts of celebrity, and in his humility, such an inspiration to all of us to reclaim the essential public-spiritedness of Americans that many of us, in low moments, had worried was no longer our common distinguishing trait. When Pat made his choice to leave the NFL and became an Army Ranger, he declined requests for interviews because he viewed his decision as no more patriotic than that of his less fortunate, less renowned countrymen who loved our country enough to volunteer to defend her in a time of peril. It is that first lesson of patriotism that we should reaffirm in our own lives as we celebrate the courageous life and mourn the heroic death of this most honorable American."