This may seem like a perfectly innocent photograph but story behind this photograph is anything but innocent. The red car beside this father and child contained a car bomb. The bomb detonated shortly after this photograph was taken. The man and child survived but the photographer died, along with 30 other people; 220 others were injured. The Omagh Bombing took place on 15 August, 1998 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It was carried out by the Real IRA, a Republican Army splinter group which opposed the IRA’s ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement, which saw terrorists and murderers released from prison in Northern Ireland in return for peace and the end of the Troubles. This included The Shankill Butchers, who brutally murdered as least 23 people in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Matthew 6:25-34 (HCSB) “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
How can I not be happy? How can I not be ecstatic? Knowing that thousands, maybe millions, of humans just like me, have gone through the same troubles, the same heartaches, and I get to read them in books and articles.. I get to know these people, even for a brief moment, and relate to them more than anyone, yet they have been dead for dozens of years. How can anyone be angry when this simple fact exists? Humanity has been my saviour.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV) Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
“All things are ordained by the Lord’s love. We must not consider
anything that befalls us as grievous, even if, for the present, it
affects our weakness. We are ignorant, perhaps, of the reasons why each
thing that happens to us is sent to us as a blessing by the Lord but we
ought to be convinced that all that happens to us is for our good … Be
comforted then, and do not fall under your troubles, but show that you
are superior to them and can rise above them.”