Archive for May, 2011

May 3, 2011

Pay Peace Forward

It is hard to put into words how one feels following something as historic as what happened last night, with the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.  A definite sense of relief.  Pride in our fearless and anointed armed forces and intel operations.  Gratitude towards President Obama and his team of advisors for continuing the diligent investment of work that was a decade in the making, and for not giving up.  Most of all I feel empathy and a sense of closure for the many people who lost loved ones on 9/11 and in the time since, for terror related incidents.  Recent developments will not erase the heartache and sadness of losing their loved ones, but my prayer is that they can sleep a little easier at night. 

All of that said, I find it very hard to rejoice in the death of another human being no matter what they have done.  It is a serious weight, the toll of death, and being happy that another is dead and most likely burning in hell doesn’t sit well.  He was a man filled with hatred, raising up a following of people with his same crazy, sick, demonic beliefs that this hate was ok.  In an effort to put into words the heaviness of my heart, and the mixed emotions that were stirred over the last 24 hours, here is a quote from one of our GREATS… a man who had every reason to rejoice in the suffering of those who persecuted him but chose to pay peace forward:

‎”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.