“It is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives
for which we should be particularly grateful.
They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness —
just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it;
just warmth and shelter and home folks;
just plain food that gives us strength; bright sunshine on a cold day;
and a cool breeze when the day is warm”. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris shook the world and rocked my heart as I read article after article from the survivors of the attack.
take a second and let this story sink in..
You are at a rock concert, it’s a beautiful night the stars are out and the music is loud and much needed as the stress of the week falls away. As you dance and enjoy yourself you meet the couple next to you and you begin to yell about how good the band is playing and how many times you have seen them.. A true fan
You look around at the crowd and it fills you with energy, life is good. As the next song begins to play there is a disruption in the crowd, a bit of panic sets in and you at first think “is this just part of the show” only to quickly see something is very wrong. People begin to fall, the man you were just talking to about the show 10 minutes ago is now on the ground covered in blood as he screams for his wife to wake up, as you step back to see pools of blood cover the floor as the shooters continue to open fire into the un-armed crowd. One by one people are falling everywhere, out of fear you fall to the ground and hastily cover yourself in blood to pretend you too are dead. An hour goes by as all you hear is the screams and cries of men and woman who lost someone the loved, mothers, fathers, sisters’ and brothers. Families torn apart by an act of hate for human life. You are frozen in fear, fear to move “I don’t want to die” flooding your mind as pictures of everyone you love and that are close to never seeing you again… This sounds like a clip from a horror movie, however; this was the reality of countless people as they went about their normal lives, enjoying their normal activities, sporting events, concerts and dinner..
These attacks were personal to America; this attack was intended to put fear in our hearts and to control our minds. France is one of our oldest allies, we have stood shoulder to shoulder as we grew in freedom. If this attack does not shake you to the core then you should read a little more about how over 150 human beings lost their lives to a coward group of terrorists.
United we stand divided we fall; my heart is broken for the loss of life I have been reading about. These are our people, real people and this is personal. I do not like war and we are in one, here in America. The threat is real, the bullets and bombs are real, and the lives taken are real lives with real families. This is a truly sad world we live in and yet we continue to pretend “were safe, this is America” what if one day this is you sitting in the stands of a stadium enjoying your favorite team, enjoying dinner with your loved one, dancing at the show with friends. This breaks my heart, God bless us all and pray for the world, the Lord knows we need it.