Recent terrorist events in the middle east and Europe and in the U.S. were aimed at families who were together in public places. This made me ponder what spiritual solutions we may have to stay safe and avoid falling into the trap of being terrorized. We don’t want to be naive or foolish but we also don’t want to let a few crazed zealots shape our public life.
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When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he began with “Our Father which art in heaven.” He taught that this Father can’t be seen with material eyes or heard, felt, or tasted, with material senses, but He still exists. Jesus showed that we all have a spiritual sense that knows God and can be developed by cultivating it. One way I do this is to listen for quiet messages from God, the Father, that tell me about His nature. Even though many of us have had imperfect fathers, and some have had no father at all, I have come to see that God can be to us everything we ever hoped a Father would be.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I’m concerned about a better world; I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder… Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.