This morning there was a terrorist blast in Indonesia. One of the people seriously injured is a fellow I know slightly. Pray for him.
A few weeks ago, a Brazilian airliner went down. One of the people who died was a fellow that I think I'd spoken with on the phone a time or two.
A few weeks ago, a famous abortionist was killed. One of my relatives knew him.
What's all of this say to me? At least two things.
Our world is more and more interconnected. What happens in one place affects people in many distant places. What you do today, or what I do, may have an impact on people thousands of miles away.
We're also not guaranteed that we'll have this life tomorrow. Tomorrow, we may be injured or dead or severely ill. We don't have that guarantee, but if we have Jesus, we have the guarantee of eternal life with him and the guarantee that the Lord has plans for our lives.
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
--1 Peter 1:8-9, ESV