Depot Bay, Oregon
My husband and I are staying in a place of rare charm and beauty, today. It is what in England they would call an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An AONB, for short. During lunch we sat along the shore gazing out at pretty boats and happy amateurs, delighted with their catch of the day. Our seafood tasted superb and was brought to us by kindly waiters. Outside, children laughed at fat sea lions barking out orders in their cacophonous voices. Someone was walking their dog.
It was all so nice! So lovely and nice. And then we listened to a BBC report on the situation in Iraq, and all of the pretty pieces of the day seemed strangely paused. Have they paused in that way for you, too?
It has been hard to think about anything else.
Perhaps we can lay aside our own small concerns, this night. Certainly none of them come anywhere near the hideous scenario in Iraq, where at this moment evil kills, and the innocent are crushed. May their rescue be swift, and may the Lord keep them; for He too was despised, and rejected, and acquainted with grief.
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
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