Mourning

Ken is an American Quaker who lives in Portugal and makes his living as a hot dog street vendor.  He blogs HERE.

Here is a beautiful and thought-provoking post from him on May 2.

Mourning the Death of Osama bin Laden
 
As “jubilant” crowds in America celebrate the killing “by an American bullet” of Osama bin Laden, I mourn.
 
I mourn for those jubilant crowds, for the ecstatic joy they find in another’s death.
I mourn for the rage welling in bin Laden’s followers, who will express that rage with more acts of violence.
I mourn for the victims of that violence.
 
I mourn for jubilant Americans turning away from God, and for their worship of the State.  
I mourn for the same proud nationalism found in Islamic extremism.
 
I mourn for the deaths of all those who have lived and died by the sword.
I mourn for the spiritual death they suffered in taking up the sword.
I mourn for the spiritual death of entire nations in encouraging those who take up the sword.
 
I mourn for all those who hate their brothers and sisters, and walk in darkness, and do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded their eyes.
I mourn for all those who love their brothers and sisters, and have no cause for stumbling in them, yet suffer at the hands of those who walk in darkness.
 
I mourn because Osama bin Laden lived by the sword and died by it. I mourn because he abided in death long before an American bullet killed him.
 
I mourn because his followers live by the sword and have already died by it. I mourn for those whose blood they have shed, and for those whose blood they will continue to shed.
 
I mourn most of all because we proud Americans also live by the sword, and because many of us have already died by it. I mourn most of all for the blood we have shed. I mourn for the fear that has overwhelmed us to make us shed that blood, and to cause us to celebrate the shedding of blood.
 
But I am comforted because there is no fear in love, and God is love.
 
Let us turn to the Light and abide in Him, and choose Life.
 
(You can read Ken’s original post HERE.)
 
Love Wins