Sunday, February 22, 2009

Memorial Service

a Biblical thought...
Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Salt Sea was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. (Joshua 3:15-17)

a Book thought...
Leaders need to be kind to and honest with two factions during conflicts - themselves and their enemies. Both are important. (p169)

a Dave thought...
It was 15 days ago that 209 lives were tragically lost and for those of us a little distant from this disaster we are able to listen and watch the memorial service at Rod Laver Arena today. But as many of us take the time to reflect and mourn over the devastation of "Black Saturday" for others as The Age reports it is just too soon.

Bushfire affected Whittlesea residents have turned down the offer to travel by bus to Rod Laver Arena for the memorial service at the heart of today's national day of mourning.
Fifteen buses gathered in the town centre before 9am, but less than one hour before the service was due to commence the empty buses started leaving. A spokeswoman for the local comm
unity told The Age "it's just too soon''. She said that many families still had not buried lost family members.

I'm not sure if there will ever be a right time but our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with all who continue to mourn.

Just a thought.

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