“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
I visited Paris in May of this year. It was an amazing trip, filled with history and beautiful architectural structures sitting in the midst of stunning nature. The people were friendly and helpful, with big smiles on their faces. I would have to say it was definitely a happy place to be for a few days and it was all in all a great experience … and that is why my heart hurts so very much for its people; I have no words as I watch the news reports, see faces still in shock, feel the deep grief.
Stay strong Paris, stay strong; we are with you and you will rise above this in victory.
♥ ♥ ♥
Although the focus is currently on Paris, I found this Facebook post below to be very profound. The entire world is in turmoil; let us remember all of the other places as well where people are dying unnecessarily as a result of violence and terrorism.
“It is not Paris we should pray for.
It is the world. It is a world in which Beirut
reeling from bombings two days before Paris,
is not covered in the press.
A world in which a bomb goes off
at a funeral in Baghdad,
and not one person’s status update says “Baghdad”,
because not one white person died in that fire.
Pray for the world
that blames a refugee crisis for a terror attack.
That does not pause to differentiate between the attacker
and the person running from the very same thing you are.
Pray for a world…
where people walking across countries for months,
their only belongings upon their backs,
are told they have no place to go,
Say a prayer for Paris by all means,
but pray more,
for the world that does not have a prayer for those who no longer have a home to defend.
For a world that is falling apart in all corners,
and not simply in the towers and cafes we find so familiar.”
~ Karuna Ezara Parikh