Life is sadly full of ‘Troubled Waters“. Some waters are undoubtedly more rough and deadly than others but one commonality is that we all must sail/swim in stormy weather at some point. Nobody escapes.
What happened in Grenfell was heartbreakingly unfair. A freak accident that killed so many people, left many injured and many homeless. Sail/Swim? Sure they had no choice. How will the families left with enormous grief and loss cope now? How will they cross the bridge to having hope in life again? Some events like this one seem completely and utterly incomprehensible and there are no answers as to WHY. I love to believe that “everything happens for a reason” however in stories like this, where is the reason?
Recently there have also been so many attacks linked to Islamic State. The dreadful explosion in Manchester and attacks carried out in London. The world seems to be going crazy, people are not thinking straight, they’ve lost their minds and power/violence is the root of this evil. What can conquer this evil?
Having lived in the UAE for 18months, witnessing first hand a Muslim culture and working alongside Muslims, I learned a lot about their faith, their beliefs and their way of life. I too could say it was probably one of the countries I’ve been to where I have felt extremely safe and crime rates are low. What I admire most about Muslims is the importance they place on the family unit. They honour and value their families, celebrate their family and spend quality time with their relatives and friends. For a country that has wealth, the newest and the best of everything they have not forgotten the value and attention that must be given to family life.
I will never forget having a deep and interesting conversation with a local Principal while there. She was explaining their faith, their routines and how religion plays such a central role in their lives. This is evident while visiting the UAE. The call to prayer is heard five times daily and it is not unusual to see people praying on their knees at the side of the road/in many public places during these five times. In each shopping mall/school/most buildings there are prayer rooms for their faith to be practised. Currently it is their time of ‘Ramadan’, a time of fasting and prayer. This is commendable in my eyes as if you’ve been in the UAE in the summer months when temperatures rise to over 40degrees, this is no easy task to abstain from food and drink during daylight. The conversation I had with this woman was mainly about religion. She openly discussed how the Bible and the Quran have so many similarities. Certain stories are practically the same and the morals/teachings behind many stories are the same. The people that are carrying out the attacks are NOT living in faith and are not true to their religion/people.
Sadly in Ireland faith is dwindling and can be non-existent in so many families. What will you turn to during troubled waters? Who/What will be the bridge to help you cross those tough times? I for one know how I could not live without prayer and faith in my life, it has helped me overcome so many struggles and challenges in the past and it continues to be a strong and important aspect of my life.
Faith is Found
Not Within a Group
A Church or Community,
It lies Within a Single Person
Who Sees the Value, feels the Strength and Unity!
What’s your Bridge in Troubled Waters?
To help you Float when there is No boat!