For the purpose of this post, I will refrain from treating the historical discrepancies of names and titles in the account.
During the period of the Babylonian exile, a hand (Fingers) is/are seen writing on a wall while a royal feast in being enjoyed. The intellectuals are brought to determine the meaning of the writing, but are unable to make anything out of it. Desperate for an interpretation, the king has Daniel, one of the exiles, brought forward to try to make heads or tails of the inscriptions:
24 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;28 peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
*For the record I have a son with very severe cognitive disabilities, so I know how it is to experience anguish.
We cannot simply pray and tell ourselves that we have done our part. Our nation was founded by tough decisions and personal sacrifice as well as by the grace of God.