Sadness All Around

I am so very sad and concerned about what is happening in our world. This morning, when I learned about the 12 people who had died in a shooting at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I was shocked. I didn’t want to believe that people were being killed for cartoons they had drawn.

Two gunmen entered into the magazine headquarters and killed a police officer who was stationed there. The gunmen then went upstairs, killed eight writers and others who happened to be at Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen also killed a second police officer.

This is not the first time at Charlie Hebdo has come under attack. In 2011 they printed a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad and afterward the office was destroyed in a firebomb attack. According to what I have read, after the gunmen opened fire they shouted “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad.

As a writer, who writes about my views and what I witness going on around and in my life; I find this completely disturbing. How does one rationalize killing another person? The world today is a very scary place. The people who were killed today, were killed because of the cartoons and words that were published. YES, over cartoons! How dare a person take a life over a cartoon! This makes me very angry!

Why does this happen? Why do people die at the hands of terrorists? I keep asking God, why this happens. It seems that every day on the news we see one horrible act after another and I want to know why God? Why? But, I know that I will not know the answers to these questions. It is like I wrote in my last post, I won’t know until God wants me to know. He will not give me clarity until he wants me and you to have clarity.

I think this is the time when we just pray. We can pray for those who were killed, their families who are now grieving and for those that were injured. I will also pray for those who have done the killing. I pray the two who are still at large are found soon, so that the families of those who have lost their lives can begin the grieving process.

I will admit to you that I had no idea what Bible verse to use in this post. I did a little searching and the one I decided to use, I think is very fitting for what happened today.

Psalm 57:3-4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you, In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

In these moments when I am scared, I will put my trust in the Lord and he will help me to not be afraid, after all, the only thing mortals can do to me is kill me. However, because the blood of Jesus was shed for me and I have God in my heart, I will reside in heaven. I am not going to allow death scare me and I pray that those who were killed today are walking in heaven with our Lord.

I pray for the families of those who were killed, those that were injured and for everyone across the world who is watching this unfold before our eyes.

If I can pray for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will pray for you and let you know I have done so.

Have a blessed evening.

Peggy Eileen

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