The daily news carries stories of trade wars between China and the U.S., wrangling over North Korea’s nuclear weapons, wars between ethnic groups in various places. Then comes the news of the rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. The attention of the entire world is focused on the well being of those 13 people. All that other stuff, the national posturing, the rivalries, the pride and self interest, all take a back seat. We are all concerned about the safety of 13 people we don’t even know, in a country that is far removed from us, whose speech, customs, and religion are vastly different from ours. Yet they matter. Somehow, they are a part of us. Maybe this is a lesson we need to ponder more deeply when we are listening to all the other junk going on in the world. I’m not sure what all that means, but it seems to me to point to the God who brought us all into being, and has a real purpose for the life He created.