Anyway, to the topic at hand: Paris. I first saw that something was happening in Paris yesterday, while I was pretending to do homework and enjoying the fact that one of my classes had been canceled. I saw one Facebook post about how there had just been an attack on Paris, then. Later that afternoon, after all my classes were done, there were a few more posts about other attacks, including a hostage situation (at the venue where the president of France was, no less). By the time I went to bed, it had exploded all over my feed.
One hundred twenty-eight people are dead, according to the last count that I saw. I have yet to see a count of how many are wounded. ISIS has taken credit for the coordinated attacks, and has promised that there are more coming. They mean it, too, that is obvious now, if it wasn't before.
So what do we do? At risk of sounding cliche, the answer is to pray. Pray for Paris. Pray for the other major cities around the world, that they would be safe. Pray for the leaders of this and other countries, that they would have wisdom to know how best to fight this war. (I'll give them a hint: it starts with actually fighting.)
And pray for the men who did this. Pray that they will realize that Allah is powerless, and that only Jesus can save. Even now, it is not too late for them, if they turn to Him in repentance. Statistically and historically speaking, it is highly unlikely that they WILL turn, but should God choose to draw them all to Himself, it would be but a small part of the strangest thing He has done, not the strangest thing itself.
I don't have all the answers, but I know who does, and I know that if we are to find the answers, we must seek Him. This is as true this morning as it was on Thursday, and it will still be as true in twenty years.