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, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. -Matthew 5:43-45
What a difference a night makes. Friday night after a busy week Billy and I went for a walk around Vienna. It's one of the things we like best about living so close to the city center. We walked to dinner and then on into downtown. The weather was cool, but not too cold. I snapped pictures along the way of some of the sights we saw as we strolled through the city. We enjoyed seeing the canal, window displays, cathedrals, and Christmas Markets. It wasn't until later after we returned home that we heard something was happening in Paris. We began seeing initial news reports about attacks there, but it wasn't until we awoke early Saturday morning to notifications on our phones that we found out how bad the attacks were in Paris! This was within a day of very serious suicide bombings in Beirut Lebanon where many were killed and injured.
Thankfully we heard that Billy's cousin and his wife who live in Paris were safe!
Sometimes it is hard to know how to respond, but as Christians we are to respond in a uniquely Christian way, we are to pray, pray for Paris, France, Muslims, Families, Government Leaders, Refugees, the World, our Enemies.
|Heading toward the city center.|
|Window display at a 5 star hotel.|
|Donau (Danube) Canal|
|Stephansdom Christmas Market|
|Demel cafe window display - Apple Strudel|
|Rathaus Christmas Market - Pre-tree lighting|
|Rathaus Christmas Market|
|Back in our neighborhood.|