As we pray and ponder the recent increased violence in the Middle East, let us remember a few things:
- All the civilians and all the combatants are children of God. We weep for the souls of the warriors who turn to violence for salvation as we weep for the lives of the innocent caught in events they can't control.
- Each visible act of violence is caused by numerable invisible structural causes which must be resolved before there can be just peace. Anything that impedes the potential of humans to use all the gifts given them by God is violence.
- Media has a viewpoint. We must read several different accounts and not rely on news from one country or one political perspective.
- We can not solve these huge problems. But we can learn better Christ's way of justice and peace, deepen our commitment to prayer, seek to understand and eliminate our own violence and continue our own acts for peace and justice.
Please write with your own list.
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