A Fantastic Story!

As a seminary student considering military chaplaincy and a Theological Student Program officer with the U.S. Navy, I was instantly drawn to your April 17 cover story, “Easter on Hill 17. “What a fantastic story! It spoke to me of the need and power of the gospel in even the worst of situations. Thanks to our Lord that he has made it possible to bring the Good News into the horribleness of war and to those asked to wage it.

ENS. GREGORY N. TODD, TSP, USNR-R

Macomb, Ill.

What to do about enemies is the form the question of God is taking in the modern world. “Easter on Hill 17” was a striking example of this. The chaplain’s plaintive thought at the end sums up the church’s historic failure to learn from Jesus what to do about enemies. Looking at a Vietnamese woman cradling the corpse of her loved one on the rain-soaked earth, the chaplain muses, “Easter is for her too, but I don’t know how to tell her.” Didn’t he know, really? Don’t we know, truly?

The church is bumping up hard against the fact that there isn’t any other way to communicate the love of an enemy-loving God than by loving enemies. It is a great opportunity. And a great challenge.

JOHN K. STONER

Mennonite Central Committee

Akron, Pa.

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the April issue and the cover story. The article reaches deep into the heart of thousands of Vietnam veterans who searched for life amid death during a decade of Easter Sundays. If the truth be known, it is only Easter that has given hope during the decade following the war for those who see the death in their memory.

SAMUEL A. CREED

Castalian Springs, Tenn.

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