The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 13, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, April 13, 2013

Do not lose faith in God because of death

The death of a young child is very traumatic to a parent. It almost unhinges someone’s faith in God. It happened to Darwin, whose loving daughter died at a very young age.

One mother asked me why her child with heart disease died soon after birth. After a short silence, I said I share your grief, but look, it took one sperm among 50 million to meet an ovum, then turn into an embryo, a fetus and then a newborn child. That life journey is a miracle itself. Then some live a short life and some old. Still a miracle if among 50 million one chosen, started life but did not make it, accept it. God has given us will. He is not a traffic cop.

When a Soviet cosmonaut was touring a Third World country in a news conference mockingly said, “Hey, guys, I went up there and looked. I did not see your God.” After a pin-drop silence, a young man stood up and said, “Sir, if you would have stepped out of your capsule, you certainly would have met God personally.”

Some folks do not believe in afterlife. Hawkins, Darwin, Dawson and doubters, they have chosen the dark side of life. Darwin descended man to a tadpole in a mudhole, but with your faith, you can hitch your wagon to stars.

Flowers are like humans. They are born, bloom, grow old, wilt away, but they come back. Every spring flower is a witness and reminder to life after death.

God does not promise a lottery ticket or good-looking things. If He has not answered your prayers lately, wait and be patient. He is busy, too. If you have done your good deed, He will honor you and when you reach the end of the life line, He will give your change, whatever He owes you.

Have a little more faith in Him than a local grocery cashier. Do not nickel and dime your faith in God. My prayers are with you.

Hassan Amjad, M.D.


Government breaking promises to soldiers

Sequestering seems to be a new word for ignoring your duties while in public office.

I am disappointed in our elected officials in Washington, D.C. This sequestering of public funds seems to be an issue our elected officials want to hold as hostage over the public sector in their political forums of debate. Enough already!

Closing the White House to tours is one thing, but going back on promises to our U.S. military soldiers is a totally different issue that angers me.

Allow me to make this personal at this point. My 17-year-old son shared with me his desire to serve in the U.S. military in 2008. He wanted to serve his country and contribute to the good of America. When he graduated in 2009, off to boot camp he went and a few months later he was in Iraq at the age of 18. He served on two tours there. Not a pleasant experience for a mother. No parent likes it when people shoot at and try to blow up their child.

He served five years in the Army and is currently serving in the Army Reserve. He is enrolled as a chemical engineer major at West Virginia Tech under a GI Bill. Now that promise the government made for service in the military in exchange for payment of college tuition is being broken.

Our soldiers put their lives in danger defending our country and protecting our citizens against threats. Yet, their futures are being threatened by Congress going back on their word in the name of sequestering. I have not heard or read about their salaries being affected by this sequestering foolishness.

Tina Lester

Cool Ridge