Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Refusing to be Comforted

It is Wednesday and time for joyful news on ministry.

I am having some difficulty being joyful this week. Hard for me to imagine Jesus dancing today in light of what is happening in the land where he lived.

Today I imagine him weeping for his sisters and brothers who don't realize they are sisters and brothers.

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United Nations News Centre on the Middle East

Middle East crisis from the BBC

Gaza Humanitarian Situation Report - The impact of the blockade on the Gaza Strip 15 Dec 2008 by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


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Call the White House comments line at (202) 456-1111.

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Sign the ecumenical Christian letter to President-elect Obama urging him to make Israeli-Palestinian peace an immediate priority.

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A prayer as we hear the news from Gaza and Israel

God of the ages,
we watch the images,
we hear the words,
we see the articles,
and our hearts break,
our souls ache,
our words falter.
We yearn to respond,
to reach out to Israelis and Palestinians,
all our sisters and brothers.
Show us ways to show our care.
Guide leaders of nations and people
to break the cycles of violence;
to seek the ways of peace;
to do justice; and
to walk humbly with you.
We pray in Jesus’ name.

The Crucifixion, Stavronikita Monastery , Athos

Middle 16th cent.

Theophanes the Cretan

1 comment:

Sarahlynn said...

Well said, thank you.