Tuesday

The Days Are Evil

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15, 16



The days are truly evil. Besides the horror of yesterday, there are so many memories of evil this week:

April 19, 1993 – Branch Davidian leader, David Koresh, sets fire to the compound outside of Waco after federal agents released tear gas in the compound. Dozens of Branch Davidians were shot and killed before the fire ever started.

April 19, 1995 – Timothy McVeigh parks a truck full of explosives in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. It was the deadliest terrorist act on American soil at the time.

April 20, 1999 -- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold go on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado. They kill 12 students and 1 teacher before ending their own lives.


This year, April 17, 2007 has been added to the list of days in April that are memories of terror. I have no answers. I have no reasons 'why'. I have no understanding about any of it. But I have hope. Sometimes hope is all you can go on.

Heather offers much in the way of perspective this week. A week ago Heather thought she had a horrible ear infection that was making her so dizzy. Today she had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic to discuss options for the brain tumor she has learned she has. Please read her words here. Keep up with her here. And pray for her always.

2 comments:

Roxanne said...

All of it overwhelming. . .Heather, Virginia, much, much more.

So I push it aside while I pray, pray, pray. . .

Anonymous said...

The Ephesians scripture here is a great 'stand in the breach' mantra to we Christians. I had never thought of these words in this way, and I'm sure you didn't either, but it certainly conveys the message that the preservation of one's life is worth the (self) defense thereof:

...not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil...

Making the most of every opportunity means many different things to many people, but in light of your subject it speaks volumes to those who consider personal protection a paramount freedom in this country. Because the days are (definitely) evil...

-TMS

 
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