Walking on God's safety avenue

In an era of random violence, it's comforting to know that there is a way to find safety.

A Woman was visiting her grandson at a time when religious riots, arson, and thuggery were commonplace in the town where he lived. One day while I was in the house with them, a ball sailed high over the housetops from the playground nearby and bounced hard on the corrugated metal roof of the veranda where the grandmother was snoozing. She woke with a start and quaveringly asked, "Bello, are we safe?"

"Perfectly safe, Granny," Bello assured her. "Here we live on God's safety avenue, you know."

This woman's feeling of insecurity mirrors that of our modern world, in which cruelty, violence, and hatred often dominate the day's events. In so many countries today it is considered a risk to walk in certain shopping malls, parking lots, alleys, and public gardens.

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