At least 30 dead and more than 220 injured
20 dead and up to 130 injured
There will be more, it is so sad but the numbers will continue to roll in. ISIS rushes in to claim responsibility and Muslims rush into the street spewing hatred. I find it so hard to understand that kind of hatred. (I know I am naïve, most of the time it is quite alright with me to be the butterfly with wings. Please don’t think you have to pull them off so I am no longer naïve). Harder still, I fail to understand how individuals can believe that their wants, beliefs and “rights” supersede or come at the expense of another human beings. Have they lost all common sense?
The religion of hate marches on. How are we to react to them? I caution you not to get down in the dirt with them and return hate. I believe in self-defense and even a good offense. I believe in my constitutional rights. I practice those rights. I believe in a strong military and healthy boundaries. I don’t believe in the right to hate! Forgiveness might be the right thing to do but, it is certainly the harder and less traveled path.
God left us with two rules, all of the old testament rules are rolled into these two.
Take this time to examine your own religion. Does it judge a group of people? Does it condemn rather than redeem? If it does, RUN as fast as you can from them. Remember the rules, there are no “ifs” in there. Set healthy boundaries but show love for others. Love as a verb and not as a noun. The hatred coming from this religion did not grow overnight, be vigilant with your own, ever watchful so evil cannot grow there.
There is nothing we can do for those that are dead. The remainder however, need our prayers and love. Grief is a terrible thing, I’ve seen it twist good people into unrecognizable, mean people. My prayers today go out to the remainder touched by grief as family, friends and neighbors go through the burden of living while loved ones cannot. I will also pray for those men and women who took to the streets directly after the attacks spewing hatred. Lord heal their hearts and pour out the hatred and fill it with your love.
I challenge you to find a way to show love to someone this week in memory of those lost in Brussels. Honor the dead not with hate, but with love unexpected. Pay for someone’s lunch, take a homeless person a clean pair of socks, clean someone’s house, go the extra mile in your own “house”. Let our response be swift in love, as it would be in might had it happened here. In this sad day, remember…