The Light Will Win, Part II
In reflection of this weekends events, I have flashed back quite a bit to the first terrorist attack I experienced in France in the beginning of this year when I was serving in east Paris. This time it hits a little harder. Having just lived in and served the people of Paris proper for 6 months made this attack even deeper.
Paris is a city of light. Perhaps not spiritually and morally, but to me, the physical lights that shine through the darkness of the foggy gray days and misty black nights shine a light of hope. I feel there is a certain unsaid desire within the French to find true joy and healing that comes from the gospel, they simply don't know or chose not to recognize from where true joy comes. At times I think they mean "I need love and healing" when they exclaim, "non, j'ai pas le temps." Or "non, ça ne m'intéresse pas." In times like these, I am reassured that these people affected and surrounding are in search for more, and act as Christ would when it comes down to it. Now, more than ever, the world needs the healing of Christ's Atonement and peace and comfort that comes in living His restored gospel. He is the Light. It is His light that will be the source for Paris as it is truly with His light that darkness dissipates.
I will finish with part of my own email from right after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, still applicable to what I feel and believe.
"Though the world is falling apart and chaos is surrounding, there is light and goodness. It gives me great comfort to know that I carry the light that is victorious over dark. Light always beats darkness. We each carry the light that makes the world better; though our numbers are few, they are growing. I feel it a privilege to be an emissary of light; to be a soldier in the army of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no need to fear. This week I was a bit nervous, but I realized I was not scared. The Lord had prepared me to handle this week and all the consequences of other's actions. I do not fear. I know that the Savior lives. He is real. He protects me. He strengthens me. His work continues.
"Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come." Doctrine & Covenants 68:6
I love you and pray for you. Don't worry about me or any of us in Paris. We are protected and watched over.
Be good. Do more. Look outward."
Sœur Kate Simpson