What a sad day in Paris. The world is wondering — Why?
And as a parent an even more horrifying question is Was my child in that concert hall?
Sitting in my tiny office, I’m trying to come up with a catchy blog that someone will enjoy reading, but all I can think of is the mayhem in Paris.
I’m beyond asking why things like this happen. Instead my mind goes straight to the broken hearts of all the parents who are now grieving for their beloved sons, daughters, and the children they left behind.
I can imagine the horror finding out that my child was killed at the concert. And I can imagine an even greater horror — having to go and identify the body.
This event could have happened now in New York or the Philippines. I have a son in each of these places. Either one of my boys could be in a concert hall that is targeted. If such a terrible thing happened, I would be on the floor curled up and numb to the bone.
This is the reason why I on lean on my faith. For me, what else is there?
We either have faith in ourselves or faith in a higher power that can do the impossible, provide us with peace and comfort and help us find solace when our world becomes upside down. I find that if I only have faith in myself, I’m doing it all on my own and fear appears. Fear gets my nerves in a frenzy because of my need to control the outcome. It is not a good space to be in.
My faith is in God. When I trust and believe in Him, fear lessens. For I know God has the power to protect and shelter my boys from harm and work miracles in their lives. That is where I place my faith.
My point is this — we have no control over the future. We can’t be with our grown children every hour of their lives.
We can only pray for our children on their behalf and have faith that God goes before them in all that they do. Every time I’m done praying for my boys, I hear God saying to me, “I’ve got their backs. Don’t worry.” And I remind myself I can’t worry and pray at the same time.
I know that you will transform whatever evil is going on in Paris into good for your own purpose. At times I don’t understand at all what is happening in this world. Draw Paris close to you.
Deliver them from this heartbreaking event. And give them strength to rise above their pain and help them and the world come together for peace.
Thank you. Amen.