As the days progress, the reality of the many challenges
facing us as a nation begin to seize our consciousness with a compelling
grip. Many people have stated that they have found themselves
reaching out to God for consolation and courage while others admit that
they have not found any relief from their pain. They question that if God does
indeed exist - why does he/she allow such grief and suffering in the
world? Why aren't we protected from evil?
No one has the answer. It is part
and parcel of the great mystery of life and our very existence. We
ask: "What then is the
purpose of our existence?" We see and experience so many
contradictions. The western free world and its people enjoy freedom
and many blessings while people of third world countries are starving and barely
existing in an oppressed environment from the moment they're born.
Yet the struggle for survival is very powerful - no matter what expression
it invokes. Clearly, we are not all created equal. Perhaps we may have been created equal a long time ago - in the
beginning of creation. But that's an unproven conjecture at
It would seem that much
depends on the life circumstances that people are born into. It
suggests the springboard and foundation of the lives they are destined to
live including their religious tenets. While many people have succeeded
to improve their life status, many never do.
Those who have the gift of faith are truly
fortunate and blessed. Their faith sustains them in times of great
crisis. Prayer is a very powerful energy for those who believe
and trust that God will answer their prayers . . . whatever their plea. Often
they do not receive exactly what they have prayed
for but - eventually - they do receive guidance and relief from their
Most likely, these answers generate from an inner wisdom that is tapped by
going within and
There are other times when our prayers
seem to fall on deaf ears from the powers that be and we can become frozen in time
and embittered. We vow we
are not going to move forward until we are told "why".
However, a rational explanation is not always available. God works
in paradoxes - what seems big is really small - what seems a risk is
really safe while the sure thing turns out to be the biggest risk.
As I studied the terrain and geographical location of the mid-Eastern
countries, so barren, arid, dusty and mountainous, I began to see the paradox that
exists for them. While the land holds vast reservoirs of oil, which
translates to great wealth in the eyes of those living in a democracy that
encourages free enterprise, these Eastern countries are impoverished
spiritually and socially, disarmed by
the boundaries the mountains and terrain have caused. The natural megalith edifices
have divided the countries
into many different groups and fractions living within their borders.
Their militant leaders lack the desire and leadership to unite their people towards
building their own great nations. Those in power wish to keep the people
ignorant and intellectually imprisoned with archaic religious beliefs,
customs, and misguided
loyalty to an evil cause . . . to destroy the free world.
They are convinced that their holy war or jihad has the
blessings of Allah. How difficult it is for us to realize that
they feel justified for the killing and destruction they are engaged
in all over the world.
Yes, we as a people are very resilient
and ingenious. Our democracy and great resources have built a
powerful and prosperous nation. But we must come to grips as to what
motivates terrorists around the world. What are the psychological and
emotional factors that have seized them. They are just as resilient
(fanatical) to their cause and determined to win at all cost as we are -
even more so. We are facing a very treacherous enemy. We must outsmart them at
their game. Knowledge is a very important tool to accomplish this.
One may question if these terrorists were
chosen to play out the part of the "bad guys" in the ensuing battle of good versus evil in this worldwide
saga and if all who have died were meant to sacrifice their lives for the
benefit of all. Again, these are some of the questions we don't have an answer
to although there are those who believe this is the way it is suppose to
be. We justifiably want retribution for their attacks on our
country and the free western world. But, I fear as do many other people, we
have opened up
a can of worms. We really need some Divine intercession at this
In truth, all the world is a stage on which we play out the drama of life.
However, it is time to change and rewrite the play! Love, courage,
compassion for each other's differences is the key to world peace.
Even as we disagree with those who wish to destroy the lives of so many, we must exercise
wisdom and patience in our noble efforts to show
them how to respect human life and behave as responsible world citizens by our
There isn't any rational explanation as
countries engage in war and in the killing of innocent people
worldwide. We on planet Earth need a lot of help and
guidance less we become an extinct species. Man is a dichotomy -
capable of great achievements and great destruction. Perhaps then, our prayers should invoke
a solution from a higher force capable of knowing our hearts much
better than we do.