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Your Rain (#prayfortheworld)

On Friday, November 13th 2015, several venues in Paris were hit by heavily armed terrorists, leaving 130 dead, many more traumatized and injured. 'Your Rain' was written in the week following the attacks, as a plea for mercy - a way to express a cry of the soul for the world. Europe has been a mosaic of culture forever, a meeting place of east and west - and now the heart of it had been massively injured. But, as the world has seen time and time again, neglect, racism, prejudice, pride, and violence simply breeds more violence, no matter how messy and confusing the 'source' of the conflict might be. May the rain of heaven - rain has always been a symbol of blessing - come and wash over the scars of hatred, filling cups of water that can be shared between brothers. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, 'You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…' May this radical teaching guide our culture today. May we seek to rise to this teaching, that is so above our human nature.