Last night my phone buzzed with a text message from a friend sending love and saying how glad she was that I wasn't still in Paris. I asked her, "pray tell, why?" somewhat flippantly because who ever expects something to happen to a city like Paris? Iconic, romantic, beautiful and reserved - one does not expect such a place to be attacked seriously. She soon enlightened me and along with the rest of the world I was shocked.
Senseless terrorism. There is no being fair about things like this, no being logical in the way we approach it. There are some acts which reach such proportions of evil that we can't, and shouldn't, be philosophical about it. Somehow just being there less than three weeks ago has made it all seem very near to me and imagination is more vivid because of it. I almost see the places in my mind, and in fact we did stay only several blocks away from one of the sites of attack. Of course we're thinking, "we could still be there, or maybe if our trip was timed differently would be there now."
As I said I didn't care for Paris at first, but after a day or two it began to grow on me. The Eiffel Tower was great to see, as iconic sites usually are for the first time, but the thing about the city that captured me was it's quiet and appreciative beauty, and the people that actually live there. They are reserved, but have warm hearts. The afternoon we walked to Luxembourg stands out in my memory the most because of the near contact with all the families and friends out relaxing in sunny spots, sailing boats across the pond, playing games in the shady courts, and walking with their kids and friends.
This is the Paris I liked and grieve for...
Parisians rendezvousing by the Seine.
My sister posted this photo before we left on our trip and promised to pray Psalm 91 over our trip and us. It meant a lot, and in turn this morning I have been praying it for the terror, shock, and now grief and sadness that I'm sure is Paris reeling about today.
Pray for them, that in this dark night the City of Light will light again and recognize the true light.