On Monday, our delegation from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance met with the Governor of Homs. Today Governor Barazi is being interviewed about casualities.
It’s been interesting watching the news and comparing what’s said in U.S. media with what local church leaders shared with us last week or how the BBC reports stories in other parts of the world. I’ve observed partial news, fake news, and sentimental news. It’s hard to discern the whole story . . . except I do know that . . .
- these are real people we have killed.
- these are real people that others have killed.
- we are all hypocrites.
- everybody wants a piece of Syria (they have oil and natural gas)
- we need to remember that human beings are indeed – always – children of God and they are never – ever – poison Skittles.
To ask us to pray for Syria seems shallow although that’s what I’m asking and that’s what my new Syrian friends are asking today. And we might also consider how we – in our own lives and in our own congregations – might create Space for Hope wherever we are: a place to gather safely in the face of anxiety and trauma to create fun and conversation. Who needs this in your neighborhood?
Images from the Evangelical Church in Homs on Monday. “Space for Hope” is a program bringing Christian and Muslim youth together for sports and other programs. I tried to explain March Madness to the basketball players but failed. They’ve got other things going on.