Times are troubled at the moment. They have been heading towards trouble for a good long while, but now events in the world seem to have escalated to such an extent that the following news was recently reported:
The UK’s terror threat level has been raised from “substantial” to “severe” in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says.
The new alert level rates the risk of an attack on the UK “highly likely”, although Mrs May said there was no evidence to suggest one was “imminent”.
It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.
Unfortunately, the instability in the Middle East, the unrest between Ukraine and Russia, and many other conflicts in the world cannot be conveniently swept under the carpet, and many of us must feel for those caught up in the crossfire between rival factions. Then, there are the illnesses – the latest being ebola – which kill and devastate whole communities; the personal sorrows, physical, mental and emotional depredations that gnaw away at our spirits and cause suffering not just to the sufferers but to all those who care for them. Many of the world’s problems are self-propagated because of Man’s desire for power, wealth, revenge, and one-upmanship, with the result that the cumulation of such strong and destructive passions are currently being reflected in the wider context of the world’s troubles – and has done so from time immemorial.
The problems of this world remind me of a chorus written by Jodie Page-Clark, which looks to the Lord for help in alleviating and resolving our world’s crises:
Look around you, can you see (Kyrie eleison)
‘LOOK AROUND YOU, can you see?
Times are troubled, people grieve.
See the violence, feel the hardness;
All my people, weep with me.’
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison,
‘Walk among them, I’ll go with you.
Reach out to them with my hands.
Suffer with me, and together
We will serve them, help them stand.
Forgive us Father; hear our prayer.
We would walk with you anywhere,
Through your suffering, with forgiveness,
Take your life into the land.
When I think of all the unnecessary suffering to humankind and the animal kingdom, and the devastation wrecked upon the environment due to Man’s greed and selfishness, then I truly pray with all my heart the Lord’s Prayer,
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.