When young people die, we all mourn. We mourn for their innocence and their short lives. Nineteen year old Brendan Tevlin was killed by a self-proclaimed jihadist. The confessed killer, Ali Muhammed Brown, shot ten rounds into Tevlin’s family jeep at a red light. Brendan did not receive the media attention of Florida’s Travyon Martin or Ferguson’s Michael Brown so you may or may not recognize his name. I have seen his pictures and read his parents want him remembered for who he was, not a victim of the jihadist, but a winsome young man who played bagpipes and lacrosse. When I read the following from Psalms and the reference to God’s turtledove I thought of Tevlin.
18 Remember this, O Lord, that the enemy has reviled,
And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast;
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the covenant;
For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Let not the oppressed return dishonored;
Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.
22 Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause;
Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,
The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.
Not a dove falls to the ground that He doesn’t notice and neither does a turtledove. God has an account of all the bloodshed in defamation of His Lordship. We need not despair that one day, the righteous One will judge the earth. (1 Peter 2:23, 1 Peter 4:17) So for the victims of what the media is calling “Lone Wolf” killings and those suffering for their faith in other countries and regimes. God knows and will call all into account. What a perfect God, He is a righteous judge and a merciful Savior.
Burning within me,