My heart goes out to the loved ones of the victims in Paris. Over 150 lives were taken on November 13th. It is an absolute tragedy, which never should have happened. It shouldn’t have happened in Paris on November 13th any more than it should have happened in the United States on September 11th fourteen years ago. Terrorist attacks are a murderous, senseless act that should never happen any time anywhere for any reason.
It is encouraging to see how quickly the people of the world assembled in support of Paris, the victims, and their loved one. We as United States citizens have the experience to feel empathy and show support for the French just as they showed us support during our struggle over September 11th.
However, I fear that this show of support will fade as soon as the next viral news break comes along. This tragedy is no fad. Sooner or later, the French flags will dissipate from Facebook. Personally, I did not paste a French flag over my profile picture, because I didn’t want that one action to make me complacent. I don’t ever want to be complacent in light of terrorist attacks, not while my safety is under question.
There is so much more we can do for the victims in Paris, France.
First and foremost, I pray that every person involved in this attack is brought to justice, and I pray that the terrorist organization behind this attack is dissolved.
Of course, I understand injustice occurs every day. The chances are low that justice will prevail now. However, we must remember that no sin escapes God. There will come a time when we all face judgment. November 13th not excluded.
Secondly, we must always stay vigilant and defensive to our surroundings. NEVER ignore your instincts.
There is no such thing as too careful.
Stay alert. Stay vigilant. Stay safe.
Thirdly, as difficult as this is to accept, we show grace and exercise forgiveness.
I know this is not an easy request. I also know the ramifications of an unforgiving lifestyle. It is a dark and destructive path, to yourself and everyone around you. I have witnessed it first hand. I nearly fell into that darkness myself.
The events of November 13th cost many people their loved ones. Forgiving the murder of a loved one can be one of the hardest things in life. I can only imagine how hard it would be. So, it is with absolute certainty that I can say forgiveness is essential to your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
Let us continue to show support to the citizens of France through these difficult times. Let us not let the grief and outrage fade over time. Let us do everything possible to protect each other and ourselves from any future dangers. Because that’s all we can count on in these uncertain times. Each other.
Luke 12:15 - "Then he said, 'Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.'” (NLT)