I recorded my disquiet yesterday at the assassination–without trial–of Osama Bin Laden.
Kipling’s Recessional–which my father introduced me to, he used to quote the second stanza–has been lingering in my head this week.
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
” A Christian never rejoices in the face of a man’s death,” says a Vatican spokesman.
Standing apart from the self-interested governments of our day, I wonder if the Vatican is regaining its role as part of the conscience of the world. I like what they said on the involvement of Christians in social media for instance.
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I am naturally a sanguine, optimistic woman, and rarely worry about personal safety. However, the world does feel more unsafe after this assassination. Reprisals are certain, and anyone who travels has increased odds of being caught up in terrorism.
Lord, may your invisible angels in their chariots of fire protect us.
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Osama Bin Laden left a moving will, which could perhaps have been written by a committed Christian leader, missionary or evangelist.
He asks forgiveness of his sons for not spending enough time with them.
“As for you, my sons, forgive me if I failed to devote more of my time to you since I answered the call to Jihad,” the document says.
“I have carried the burden of Muslims and their causes, and have chosen a dangerous path and endured hardship, disappointment and betrayal. If it wasn’t for betrayal, things would be different today.”
“This is the most precious advice I can give you. I also want you to stay away from al Qaeda,” asking them “not to follow in his path and seek leadership.”
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