The world is in turmoil. Perhaps it is just a continuation of the human condition but in this moment it is all so overpowering. Death and hatred torment us daily from all corners of the globe. The evil is a cancer that is attacking without limitation.
The sorrows in France have resonated in the streets of New York, London, Jerusalem and elsewhere. Terrorism has gained prominence in the minds of the citizenry more so than was felt following the 9/11 attacks. The infection of fear now grips the hearts of many.
Terrorist groups are strangling Yemen, Nigeria, Afghanistan, most of North Africa and the Middle East. Millions have fled their homes in Syria while Isis pursues them by conquering large parts of Iraq. Turkey is frightened of the Kurds and is glad to stand back while Kurds die fighting the Islamic State.
At this moment in history the world is looking to the U.S. for hope and leadership. Unless the political parties accept compromise that hope is illusionary. This is not the first time that the U.S. has been called upon to temper our political divide to aid an ailing world.
Let us pray that reality and patriotism overcomes the political divide that has made Americans enemies to our own!