This picture shouted at me, “How can this kind of thing happen?!”
My next thought was something like this: The last time the US saw that much smoke, fire, explosion, devastation all on one day, we grounded ALL air traffic for several days. We mourned as a nation – mourned seriously enough that Republicans and Democrats actually stopped hitting each other for a few months.
They stopping hitting each other long enough, in fact, to pass the Patriot Act, which, in my opinion, bargained away individual privacy for the promise never to let this kind of thing happen again.
In Gaza, on the other hand, they apparently call such devastation ‘Tuesday.’
Why can we care so deeply about this kind of thing when it affects, or threatens to affect us, but move on glibly from day to day when it happens on the other side of the globe.
My heart is heavy today for the Israelis and Palestinians who are caught in the middle of a fight between people in power.
It shouldn’t matter whether this kind of thing happens to us or near us or 10,000 miles away.
One day, we believe, God will indeed sort all these things out. Jesus taught us to pray, among other things, for “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” One day we will reach this.
Since we pray this, some of us every day, let’s consider what we might do to hasten that day. I believe we move in the direction of that one day as you and I start to live as though we pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.