Having met some wonderful people who live here, both Jewish and Muslim, who are also close friends with each other and all citizens of Israel, I believe I understand in a fresh way God’s love for them all to a much fuller extent.
There are deep scars here on both peoples, wounds and hurts only GOD can truly heal. I believe HE wants too. I believe HE wants to reveal HIS reality to Christians, Jews and Muslims, all of whom seem to believe their point of view is the correct understanding of HIS nature and purpose. Too often religion, the chief domain of the devil, is behind the wickedness and sectarian hatred which manifests over here in the political.
An over simplification You say? Perhaps, but then I’m just a simple guy trying to understand something that has been in motion for Millennia.
During my stay here, I’ve witnessed and experienced a wide range of emotions, positive and negative. I shared to some degree the national pain over yet another young person’s death, a young police woman standing at her post to protect and serve at the Damascus Gate where she was viciously attacked and stabbed to death. But I’ve also seen wonderful things, like Faith, Love, Comfort and Nurture between friends on both sides. It not all as cut and dried as the media often leads us to believe. But, it does open one’s eyes concerning the scriptural injunction to
“PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.”
The reconciliation needed here is a GOD-sized job but an imperative one. For in many ways, this city is the Mother of us all.