What has happened recently in Manchester has turned me inward. The shock…the pain…the horrible anguish. All of us who have lost a child are affected by this. We mourn with these parents. We know this excruciating pain all to well. Such senseless slaughter of innocence. I am overcome with grief.
As I watched the news, I thought of the parents that may have turned in early that night. Perhaps their daughter was going home with a friend after the concert. They knew nothing of what had occurred until they awoke the next morning. The horror that consumed them…the panic that overwhelmed them. OMG!!! Those that survived will be scarred for life…if not physically, emotionally. None will go untouched by this evil.
May our thoughts and prayers be with them all.
We relive our own tragic loss alongside them. We know the shock; we know the disbelief, we know the desperation and overwhelming feelings of helplessness. It is all too familiar. Just the mere hint of what they are about to encounter on this road tears me in two. I can’t go there…but I cannot go there.
If one member suffers, all suffer together…(1 Cor. 12:26). We may not be of the same nationality; we may not adhere to the same Faith; we may not be part of the same race. However, at such times, none of those things matter. We are all part of the same human race and we mourn with those who mourn…(Rom. 12:15). Our hearts bleed for them all.
As we remember our fallen Vets this Memorial Day, we shall now remember Manchester. May God bring swift justice. May all things hidden be revealed (Mt. 10:26; Lk. 8:17). May all the evildoers be found out and exposed. I do not pray for Mercy for these murderers. I do pray for Mercy and Grace for all who so deeply beyond measure have been so barbarically harmed.
Our love to Manchester.
(((HUGS))) Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ available at: Xulon Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and DeeperShopping. Additional international retailers: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/gifts-from-the-ashes,jude-gibbs-9781498496728 http://www.upliftvstore.com/product.asp?sku=9781498496728 Also, a Contributor on ‘The Mighty’: https://themighty.com/author/jude-gibbs/