"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ~Albert Einstein
Hundreds of little girls and teenagers at a concert . . . and a coward suicide bomber attends . . . it is just heart-breaking. ~Vallery Barbin, Noma Falta
It is precisely what Vallery says it is: Heart-breaking! The Rachel within us all weeps at the senseless tragedy of Manchester. And the mothers, the fathers, of these innocents refuse to be comforted, because their young, their treasured, their beloved are no more . . .
Evil. In this place. In our time. An unrepentant, hideous evil seeking to destroy civilization as we know it.
As Christians, we cannot stand by and do nothing. But what is it, Lord, in the light of this most recent disaster, would You have us do?
- We must recognize the evil in this world for what it is. Yes, Jesus has overcome the world, but if we don't become engaged in prayer and in action to partner with Him, we give Satan the very toe-hold he needs to wreak the poisonous havoc in which he takes such wicked delight.
- We must pray for and stay in touch with our government officials. Whether we send letters, e-mails, tweet, or make phone calls, we can't remain silent. We must rise up in the strength given to us through Christ, and voice our concerns boldly. Every measure to defeat the enemy and protect innocent lives must be taken.
- We must never give up! We know that we are loved as children of God. Let us begin acting in that very knowledge, loving and forgiving others, even our enemies, as we have been loved by Jesus.
- We must, in all adversities, and in spite of them, continue to pray. Pray for those we love and for our adversaries, who have yet to learn the power of God's infinite love. Pray, pray, pray that one day, the entire world will come to know that indescribable love, that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
May all those affected by the recent horrendous calamities in Manchester, in Egypt, in Indonesia, and the Philippines, know that God's heart is breaking for them. May they be surrounded with and blessed by the peace and comfort of our Lord, Jesus Christ.