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,