Today is not just a day, it’s not just another day, it’s another year. What words can one use to describe something that’s so hard to understand? It’s not as if those who support Bowe don’t get it, they do. It’s more like, how does one absorb and communicate the concept of being held as a prisoner by enemy forces for 4 years- for 1,461 days? And that’s just the concept we’re talking about. The experience part, well let’s just say that it’s pretty much impossible to absorb the incomprehensible. Can we even begin to imagine the daily uncertainty of not knowing if you’ll ever return home- feeling helpless, waiting for a miracle? It’s a situation which is overwhelming to even think about. And what about those who are waiting back at home? How do they cope? They do cope, yes they do. They cope because they know that there is something, somebody, bigger than life’s circumstances. This understanding is where the hope grows. It’s the hope, you know, the hope is why you’re able to cope.
All of us who have come together to work to bring Bowe home are doing something that changes us. We started out wanting to do something for, to give something to, Bowe and his family. And before we knew it, we realized that they were giving to us. They allowed us to be part of what certainly must be the most challenging experience of their lives. We get to see their steadfast faith; we are witness to the grace with which they live their lives. We get to see what it looks like to live with hope in the face of seemingly overwhelming circumstances.
As we move from the end of the fourth year of Bowe’s captivity and into the beginning of the fifth, let’s all take a special moment to lift Bowe and his family up in prayer. And we do know that not everyone prays so if you don’t, please envision in your mind a happy and healthy Bowe back home in Hailey. Let’s all hold onto the hope that Bowe will be reunited with his family before another year has passed.
So we’ll all pull together and continue the mission into year five. We’ll tell Bowe’s story and we’ll invite people to join us in our work. We’ll hold our elected officials accountable in all matters concerning Bowe. We’ll each do these things in our own unique way. That’s the beauty of a grassroots effort; we each get to bring to the table those things that we’re the best at. And then we draw these things together, united, so we can achieve something that none of us could ever do alone. Most of all, we don’t give up; surely duty isn’t something that any of us would shirk. We carry on because we know that the mission isn’t over until the last man comes home.
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands ~ Acts 12:7