Today is the twenty-first anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The event was – until 9/11 – the deadliest terrorist act in the United States.
If you visit the memorial built at the site, you will see the Field of Empty Chairs, on which is placed one chair for each person killed, in the approximate position of where the person would have been in the building at the time of the bombing. Large chairs for the adults and smaller ones for the children. I could not keep from weeping the day I visited the site and stood facing those small chairs.
And twenty-one years later, children and adults continue to die from terrorist attacks. With Jesus we weep for the empty chairs, wherever they are. And we pray for the victims of terrorist attacks, and for those who commit them.