Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | July 23, 2011

Some thoughts about the tragedy in Norway and all of us

The senseless killing of so many innocent people in Norway is weighing heavily on my heart. I encourage you to pray for our Norwegian brothers and sisters as they begin to work their way through shock, loss, acceptance, and restoration of their lives. I further encourage you to pray for all of us as we need to see the bigger picture and pull together to continue to work toward a world unified in love, respect, and genuine caring for all of God’s children.

Much more will be revealed about the lone suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, but what strikes me now is how he planned and executed this attack without anyone knowing what he was up to. Where is his family? Where are his friends? How is it that nobody knew that he was in so much trouble that he would murder innocent people?

This is what I mean by the bigger picture. Over and over again we find out too late that someone is in trouble. Their fears, pain, illnesses, distress, and desperation go on unnoticed by the busy, busy people around them. We are those busy, busy people.

And so I encourage you to not only pray for the people of Norway, but for all of God’s children in general. If there is any spiritual lesson to be taken from the latest senseless tragedy, I believe it is this: The best action we can take today is to commit to becoming loving, caring, listening people who willingly give more of our time and attention to those around us than we give to our things, our goals, ourselves.

The word love is only a seed of possibility until it is firmly rooted in action.

 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” – John 21:16 NIV 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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