God vs. Pills

The other day, I had a headache–probably from the neglect of drinking enough water. So, what was my first reaction? Well, venture to the kitchen to the medicine cabinet, to grab the bottle of Aspirin, having great anticipation that the two red pills I held in my palm would relieve me of my pain.

Modern medicine is a wonderful gift. We have the ability to cure diseases, to stay healthy, and to even make a motionless heart beat again. But, as with everything, there are also cons which come from that gift–one being our natural blindness to the spiritual.  Continue reading

Where are Your Scars?

79063“1 in 8 returning soldiers suffers from PTSD ” NBC News.com 2004.

“More than 1,500 Americans have lost a leg or arm in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, and hundreds have suffered the amputation of multiple limbs” Huffington Post.com 2012.

“As in every war, the wounded are far more numerous than those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. As with the dead in these wars, United States forces have suffered grievously . . . Common combat injuries have included second and third degree burns, broken bones, shrapnel wounds, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, loss of sight and hearing, post traumatic stress disorder, and amputations.

The true count of Americans injured or sickened in the war is much larger – by orders of magnitude – than the figures given on the official Department of Defense casualty website. That official total – over 52,000 [970,000] – includes only those ‘wounded in action.’ Not included are those suffering what are categorized as ‘non-hostile injuries’ and other medical problems, which include heat stroke, suicide attempts, respiratory problems, and vehicle crashes” Cost of War.org 2014.

Where are your scars? Continue reading