color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Divine Intervention, Perhaps?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Divine Intervention, Perhaps?

I have had a number of inquiries via email and comments as to whether anyone had shown to protest at Tim Watkins funeral yesterday. A search of the internet and news sources yielded no information one way or the other. I just received this email and, since the writer gave permission to use it publicly, wanted to share it:
Thank you for your post about Tim. My name is M. and our family knew Tim and we attend Calvary Baptist Church in Yucca Valley.
Just wanted you to know that Phelps and his people were not at the funeral yesterday (thankfully!). This was an answer to a prayer, as it would have been awful to have to deal with a situation like that. The services were, while difficult, very honoring to Tim, his service to his country and to God. We were very proud of him and the other soldiers he served with. We continue to pray for all of our troops.
Also, the story your son told about Tim, was related at the funeral yesterday by the soldier who escorted Tim's remains home. Apparently he met your son at Dover... Please tell your son we are proud of him and thankful for his service.
Thank you again for your website and your dedication to it. It has been a comfort to me personally, to read more about the soldiers who served with Tim. We have told Pastor Watkins about this website, so they can read it and I am sure it will be a comfort to them too.
Thank you and God Bless you!
I immediately called Noah who had the same response I did -- first, "Thank God" followed by a "HOOAH!!" (mine was WHOOHOO!) I don't know the reason, I don't care why they didn't show. I have my own theories on that (wink). Divine intervention? Would it be too much to hope that God's Love filled their hearts and replaced the hate that dwelled there? I can't say, but I am so grateful (as I know we all are) that Tim's family, friends and community were allowed to bid farewell to this Hero in dignity, in Grace, with Love. Our deepest condolences to the Watkins family and their friends.
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At 11/02/2005 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good news. It's nice to see the good guys win one once in a while.

At 11/02/2005 11:08 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

You can wish for love filling their hearts & that would be nice in my book too...but I'm just as happy with a missed plane, a flat tire or a horribly debilitating intestinal flu that rendered them all incapable of leaving their homes...whatever worked to make this a peaceful event is fine by me.

At 11/02/2005 11:49 AM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Praise God! Let's hope that this man and his followers have seen the light.
Thanks for letting us know what went on.

At 11/02/2005 12:01 PM , Blogger THIRDWAVEDAVE said...

Good job, Mom. Thanks for posting this. I was about to call the church in YV to get some details, but here you are with the story. Again, thanks.

At 11/02/2005 2:02 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Wonderful news. The jerk did not go, for whatever reasons. Thanks for sharing the email with us.

At 11/02/2005 4:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was wondering all day.
Maybe he just looked in the mirror and got scared?

I'm so glad Tim's family was spared the spectacle and could mourn in private.
I'm also mourning for 4 heroes from 1-184 IN (CA national Guard) that lost their lives at the end of last week.
So many Angels...

At 11/02/2005 6:42 PM , Blogger LoveMyTanker said...

WONDERFUL is all I can say!!!

At 11/02/2005 7:25 PM , Blogger Kat said...

THANK GOD!!! They stayed away...what a HUGE RELIEF! :-)

At 11/04/2005 8:33 AM , Blogger Rachelle Jones said...

divine divine. Hooah whooohoo is right.



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