The taking of hostages in Iraq, combined with the total threat of terror, the discord between Israel and Palestine, and on and on and on... impacts my thoughts about journey discussion. It isn't just me that has trouble.
I've described people before as having rods protruding out of them, that in themselves are painful. When they get close to anybody, the rods are pressed and cause them more pain than usual. At the same time, the rods poke the approaching person and seem a bit threatening. I believe it is only in Jesus that we can get close enough to heal.