~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we reached that point where we could view the world in such a magnificent way?
On July 22, 2011 there was a double attack in Oslo, Norway beginning with a car bomb and then a shooting rampage. There were nearly a hundred people killed and hundreds more were injured.
According to Wikipedia, "It was the deadliest attack in Oslo, Norway since World War II, and a survey found that on average, 1 in 4 Norwegians knew 'someone affected by the attacks.'"
The amount of violence that is exhibited all across the world is astounding. It grips us in a more profound manner when the attacks hit close to home, but the devastation is still real even when it happens half way around the world from where we are.
Let us pray for all the Norwegians who lost loved ones in these attacks. The anniversary of this attack (Friday) is sure to be a difficult day for all those who lost loved ones. May they continue to find strength to carry on.
Let us also remember in prayer all those who were physically injured. Some of these injuries were very serious and so we pray for continued healing and restoration of physical abilities.
Finally, we pray for all those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual turmoil that is left behind in the wake of such a tragic event.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let you hearts be troubled or afraid."
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”