EgyptAir Crash on May 19, 2016…The Day We Left Paris!

EgyptAir Flight leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport on 05.19.16EgyptAir flight MS 804 with 56 passengers and 10 crew members left
Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris last week on an airbus A320 headed for Cairo  Vueling Airbus A320just a few hours before Alan and I, with our two youngest sons,
were to leave Paris on a Vueling Airbus A320 headed for Venice. Airplane disappearing from sight after leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport on May 19. 2016EgyptAir’s flight MS 804 disappeared on its way to Cairo.
That was May 19,  and as of today, it’s thought that all persons aboard have died, although investigations are ongoing.

Clouds on flight from Paris to Venice.According to data collected from a black box which Egyptian sources retrieved, it appears that a bomb was planted and exploded on the right front side of the plane. Investigators also uncovered the gruesome fact that vandals had painted graffiti on the aircraft two years earlier threatening: “We will bring this plane down.” The grief is deep, and my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones, including 3 young orphans whose parents were just returning to Cairo after receiving cancer treatment in France. Air Traffic Control Tower at Charles de Gaulle Airport 05.19.16When we arrived at Charles de Gaulle early on the morning of May 19, we heard that EgyptAir flight MS804 had disappeared, and we also heard rumors that the air traffic controllers were going to strike that day, so we waited somewhat restlessly to see if our flight would even go. Charles de Gaulle Airport 05.19.16Although the atmosphere was relatively calm externally, there was electricity in the air, and it was obvious that everyone was anxious. Concord. Charles de Gaulle Airport May 19.2016Detectives have been hard at work trying to track down suspects, but there are some 85,000 people who have “red badge” security clearance and access to restricted areas…a huge pool, particularly when no terrorist group has boasted responsibility for the explosion.

EgyptAir flight leaving CDG airport May 19 2016Our flight was delayed, but we did finally take off
(followed by an EgyptianAir craft!) Dinner with Grace and kidsand made it safely to Venice and the warm welcome of our son Michael’s family. A walk in ItalyWe had a short but happy visit with our “Italian” family, Being carried on someone's shouldersdropped off Stephen and Joel (who are staying another few weeks)
and have now made it safely back to GR.  Vueling Delayed Flight from Paris to Venice on May 19. 2016However, Alan and I are definitely noticing that travel is becoming less reliable and more dangerous. Our world is full of insecurity and danger. Charles de Gaulle AirportAs Christians, how should we respond? Jets lined up at Charles de Gaulle AirportShould we restrict our activities and batten down the hatches against attack? Jet leaving de GaulleWe are certainly called to prayerfully seek and do God’s will,
but if we believe we’re following God,
then there is a comforting verse that often comes to my mind: Memorial Tower in ParisAnd when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). Sunset over Coast of NormandyGod is coming back to make things right some day,Waiting to board at Charles de Gaulle Airport May 19.16but until then, it’s probably appropriate to “Keep calm and carry on.”

(All these photos were taken on our recent trip to France and Italy. I hope to share more of what we saw and learned over the next few weeks.)