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Usually I don’t write anything about world events. And, it’s not because I don’t notice, see or care about what happens in other parts of the world.

I actually look at world news before I look at local news, and much to the dismay of some of my friends, I typically know more of what’s going on abroad than I do with the news-makers in my own backyard (part of this might because they are extremely dysfunctional and, in the past, I covered their going-ons for so long it’s like I know the story before it’s written).

Regardless, the news, the world news lately has been filled with human tragedy and pain to the point that there is no overstating it. Riots-shifting governments-shifting alliances-economic meltdown-housing depreciation-joblessness-earthquakes-floods-tsunami’s-radiation exposure, I could go on and on. But, the words themselves don’t draw an accurate picture, it’s the photographs and video that do.

They put a face to the faceless, sometimes a name to the nameless, a voice to the voiceless. Love it or hate, the new media has given us a way to see what we would never see before, to hear what we have never heard before, to react to what we see and lend our help because once you’ve seen, it’s almost impossible to sit back and do nothing.

Solomon said there’s nothing new under the sun, and, in the world, just like in my little backwater neck of the woods, that is the order of the day.

I went to Pompeii a couple of years ago, and the thing that struck me was that around the time that Pompeii was being destroyed by the lava flow from Mt. Vesuvius that encapsulated a city of 20,000, which was very large for the ancient world, the Temple in Jerusalem was being destroyed. Everything looked to be happening at once, on once side of the Mediterranean more than one city was being destroyed by a natural disaster, on the other a religious place of worship was being destroyed by the hands of man.

It didn’t matter if the tragedy was natural or man-made, the fall-out was the same, emotional devastation.

Our world is much smaller now, we see the the floods in Queensland, we see the pain in Japan, we see the threat of radiation fall-out and its effects for years to come, and yet, the pain that we see is just a small portion of what the Living God sees.

He is the one who sees before time, during time and after time. He sees the pain, the grief, the loss of every person on this small green and blue ball whether they know Him or not. He is moved to compassion for the hurting and the desolate, shouldn’t we, who claim to be His followers, be the same?

“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.”

Psalm 56:6

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