10 February, 2015

Kayla Mueller

I am going to break from posting what I wrote yesterday for Hello Monday, to write instead about Kayla Mueller.

The American aid worker, taken by ISIS in 2013, is now confirmed to be dead. CBS states, "the cause and exact date of her death were inconclusive" (link).

Image via CBS

Mueller had been working in the region with refugees from the conflict in Syria. Mueller once said, "For as long as I live, I will not let this suffering be normal. It's important to stop and realize what we have, why we have it and how privileged we are. And from that place, start caring and get a lot done." (CBS News)

In a letter written from captivity, Mueller wrote about finding God in the midst of her situation. She repeatedly apologized for her family's suffering and how family memories got her through. 

"None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes," Mueller wrote. (NBC News).

Kayla was a girl with a big heart who was doing something for those the world has forgotten.

This is such a sad and senseless loss. Mueller was truly a woman who cared about other people. Her legacy is powerful and getting stronger every day. 

How Mueller lost her life makes the situation even more heartbreaking. She was being held captive by a group that is nothing but a bunch of cowards, determine to seize power through fear. These thugs care nothing for human dignity and cannot fathom any thought but their own being valid. I think the word evil is too nice. 

I keep thinking of the quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

The rest of the world has a choice - it can stand against this hatred in a real way, or it can utilize rhetoric, debate some more and slowly turn its back on what is going on - thereby letting this violence and hatred become normal. I don't know what the answer is. Violence begets violence. Air strikes and bombs only seem to strengthen them. Maybe it's more about meeting those around this group where they are, helping to arm them and trying to combat whatever about this cowardice is so appealing to people. Maybe it's about stepping back from the podium, leaving the cameras behind and loving those we have been so quick to forget. 

Maybe it's taking a lesson from Mueller herself - starting from a place of realizing how privileged and powerful we are, caring about those in the region as people equal to ourselves, and getting something real done. 

A light is gone. My heart cries out. And I can do nothing but send prayers to her family, and make sure others know about this extraordinary girl with an extraordinary heart. 

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