The recent violence in Gaza and southern Israel illustrate just how desperate the plight is for the innocent people of this region. Whatever the politicians say – Israeli, Palestinian, American or European – the truth is that innocent men, women and children are suffering terror and death in the name of “national security” and “the right to protect”. The pictures of young children burned, bloodied and broken cry out for justice.
Now is the time for each and every person to explore how best they can help to bring about peace, justice and mercy for all people.
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all God’s children.