Prayers for Madeleine


Saturday, May 12 was Madeleine McCann’s fourth birthday. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it is because the little girl’s story has been featured on news outlets all over the world. The child was taken from her parents’ holiday apartment in
Portugal on May 3, 2007.
 The story is heartbreaking, and we who sit so safely with our families cannot even imagine the McCann’s worry and heartbreak. I feel so sorry for her parents, who are probably at a loss with out their precious daughter.  

Every few years I am struck with horror at the state of our world. Cases like Elizabeth Smart (thankfully found safe), Natalee Holloway (still unknown, but hopefully the recent leads will be helpful), and now a sweet-looking child on holiday, remind me of society’s evil and wretchedness, and it makes me terribly sad. Is there a way to fight it? Of course, wickedness in its entirety has deep roots, but I wonder if we can stop it with little actions. Perhaps we rebuke the violence and disgusting horror that is released in cinematic form. Perchance, we refuse music that has vile, filthy messages. They may not be loud measures singularly, but with many voices they can scream.  A little girl is far from home. Will we let such malevolence stand?


Choice or Duty?

You might recall that last month Prince Harry of Wales was in a group that was called to serve in Iraq. On previous occasions the Prince said that if called, he would serve, as that is his duty as a member of Britain’s armed forces. I read today on BBC News that officials are now debating whether it is wise to send the third heir to the British throne into the fray. His unit was scheduled to be deployed in a few weeks time and has been undergoing last minute preparations. According to the report, Prince Harry’s said that he would be dissappointed if made to stay, but he would finish his time in the Army, contrary to reports saying that he would quit.

The report made me wonder: Should the Prince choose his course, or should he put his royal duty to be available to his country above all else? This situation sounds like the plot of a movie, but it is interesting to think about. I suppose I believe that the Prince should be able to make that decision for himself, but I still understand the worries on the side of the officials. Where does one draw the line between what he is born to, and what he wishes to become?