When I was 12 years old, I remember my mom moving closer to the radio that sat on top of the refrigerator in our small stucco house in O’Neill, Nebraska. I remember her looking worried and with all of the wisdom my twelve years would allow, I asked, “What’s the matter, Mommy? War?” She said it looked like it could be and she shook her head. I could see the heaviness on her shoulders. That was in 1954 and the beginning of the Viet Nam War. I 1960, my sweetheart enlisted and never came back to me.
Some days in our lives stand out. Who can forget November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated and then Martin Luther King in April 4, 1968; followed closely by Robert Kennedy the President’s brother on June 5, 1968. Those were difficult and upsetting times.
We are now in a new era of man’s inhumanity to man. On September 11, 2001 we saw the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City and now the recent attack on Paris November 13, 2015. Israel, too, has been suffering for a long time. The Kurds are lined up and killed for their faith in ways too horrible to describe.
My heart aches as I consider the pain many in Paris feel today. My thoughts and prayers are with them. It is important to remember that we are not immune, as our government continues to invite the enemy to our shores.
The Lord gives us remedy in the Scriptures. As we ponder these days, let us obey this directive. He is more than able to set everything right in a matter of days IF we trust Him.