Under fire and praying for life

How do you cope with the tragic news of death caused by war? The recent deaths of Australian Broadcasting Corporation cameraman Paul Moran and four other journalists in northern Iraq brought home this question once again for Australians.

News of this tragic incident and others like it has stirred me to pray for the comfort and healing of those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. God is Life, immortal and eternal. Life isn't poured into a mortal body at birth only to be lost at some future time. Life is unending, because God is our source of life. This view of life may be radical, but it sustains my hope in life as undying. It comforts me in times of loss. It encourages me to pray for the safety of men and women everywhere who are working in dangerous situations.

Praying at such moments can seem hopeless when media reports portray danger as constant. But I'm refusing to be overwhelmed by hopelessness. Why? Because I've learned that even in war, when you're staring a life-threatening situation in the face, it's possible to be protected from harm.

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Peace by peace
April 14, 2003

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