You know how the news is always spitting out terrible stories around the world? And you know how it’s easy to ‘TSK’ and shake your head and change the channel? Maybe find something lighter, like Seinfeld re-runs?
That’s how I am with worldwide news. I don’t really ever let it reach me. Maybe because it’s so far away it doesn’t seem real. Maybe because to get emotionally involved would be too painful, and it’s easier to pretend it doesn’t effect me.
The problem with that thinking is that news stories are about people. And everyone has someone somewhere who loves them and prays for them and when disaster strikes in that far away place, and someone you love is there, suddenly, you, at home are facing something you have no control over and suddenly you can’t flip the channel and pretend it’s not real.
When the American Embassy in Tunis was attacked last night, we received an email from Marty, Rick’s brother, who lives and teaches there. Over the past almost 24 hours Marty has sent updates that have gone from something like, ‘everything’s fine, don’t worry’, to this morning, ‘things have gotten a little crazy here, but I am safe’, to something a little more urgent.
(Bridged came home last week to be with her family during a family medical emergency, and so is here with us, while Marty is there)
On our way to work this morning I told Rick that I feel anxious and kinda sick at my stomach, having a brother so close to all this, “Imagine how Mom and Dad must feel!” I called my Mother-in-law this afternoon to see how they are doing. They have been in close contact with Marty via Skype and email this whole time, but she did say she feels pretty weepy. I can only imagine.
Before you read this article that appeared in the Bellingham Herald this afternoon,
And after you read the Herald article, remember this:
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
So, Martin Keith, keep yourself safe. We trust you to our God who sees you and knows where you are. There are people praying for you all over the world. I will hug and kiss your wife tomorrow at breakfast, and we will skype with you very very soon!