You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat,
then your shirt,
then your skin and finally…
Charles de Gaulle
(the gathering storm on a southern summer’s night / Julie Cook / 2015)
Our prayers, once again, are offered up to our ally and friend…to the nation of France.
To the French people, especially the citizens of Nice, we offer our hearts in solidarity.
It is apparent that there is a war raging.
A war that is being waged and carried out by a hostile and ever morphing Islamic state.
A war that is apparently one-sided.
For you see, the Western World has yet to acknowledge it is being attacked, relentlessly.
Once upon a time…
In a different time and place…
there was a lone voice…
A lone voice that was relentless in sounding an alarm to the gathering storm clouds.
Yet no one wanted to listen.
No one wanted to hear the hard truth being offered by this lone voice…
And so the voice was ignored.
By the time the storm had come, raged and then passed…
Well over 60 million people had lost their lives.
It appears that today, we continue not to listen.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you.”