I’ve already admitted what an idiot I am when it comes to having any concept of the problems in the Middle East and honestly, if I read the words “Middle East” in a blog post a month ago my eyes would probably have glazed over with boredom and I would have moved on to something more interesting…like Downton Abbey or Anne Lammott’s new book. But in talking to some of the folks traveling with me, I’m relieved to discover I wouldn’t have been the only one.
There are so many basics that I (and many others) just did not comprehend. I needed a coach to say “This is a football.” You know… get that simple. So maybe you’re like me a month ago and you’ve already stopped reading, but in case you haven’t, I want to tell you one thing.
There are walls everywhere here, separating Jews from Palestinians…people who say they love God.
I’d love to tell some stories of people who have been impacted by the walls, but today, I thought I’d just share some pictures and let them tell the stories.
And then, this is what I read this morning…
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace and in His one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who are far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 3:14-18