Daniel was mourning for three weeks

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.  Daniel 10:1-3

Whenever we go through a traumatic experience it takes a lot out of us both mentally and physically. Daniel’s vision was just such an experience. God has shown Daniel what the end of the world will look like. Is it any wonder that Daniel went into mourning? While Daniel does not describe all he saw we can get an idea from what John wrote down in Revelation.

In the past people knew how to mourn. Today we just want to get past it. Keep a stiff upper lip. Don’t show emotion and if you are a guy for heaven’s sake don’t cry. Maybe a tear or two but no sobbing. We just cannot bring ourselves to look weak. But far from showing weakness, mourning is good for us. It allows us to come to terms with a loss of a traumatic life changing event.

Yesterday was the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon. And the failed attack on Washington. It was a day for reflection and yes mourning for what and who was lost. Almost three thousand lives were lost and it forever changed our society. We lost hundreds more brave men and women fighting the terrorist in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That tragic event hurt us and saddens us but it also brought us together. As I remember back to the days following the attacks I saw a country that forgot our differences and came together over our common bonds. We were not black, brown or white, rich or poor we were one. Suddenly God was no longer taboo. For just a little while we were once again one nation under God. It was a nice feeling. Sad it took such a tragedy to get there.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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