Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

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Peace is the quite morning breeze, whispering, “Fall is here.”
Peace is going a day without arguing with (or nagging) my husband.
Peace is found in those many many moments of choosing forgiveness.
Peace is what I felt that night I soaked my pillow in tears, then received an answer.
Peace is choosing to love and accept, not hate and judge. 
Peace, I fear, is not everyone’s goal these days.
Peace, I believe, is a choice followed by action.
Peace, I hope, is our decision in the end.

I’ve been reading the articles and hearing the discussions involving Syria, and I must admit, it’s troubling to me. I don’t see how another war will resolve anything. I read the reactions from civilians, the fear they are currently living, not knowing the fate of their country. It’s unthinkable and frustrating.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. Here are a few voices I’d like to share:

“When you’ve tried your best to educate yourself.
When the more you learn the less clear it all becomes,
When images of disfigured children creep into your dreams,
When you watch as things get politicized and theologized and shoved into 140 characters,
When you want to love your enemies but don’t know how,
When you’ve sent money for the refugees but feel foolish for the smallness of your efforts…
When it’s just too big….
All that’s left is prayer and fasting.”

-Rachel Held Evans at RachelHeldEvans.com


“We look at the people around us, our day workers who are all here as if suspended, stunned: “They’ve decided to attack us.” Today we went to Tartous…we felt the anger, the helplessness, the inability to formulate a sense to all this: the people trying their best to work and to live normally. You see the farmers watering their land, parents buying notebooks for the schools that are about to begin, unknowing children asking for a toy or an ice cream…you see the poor, so many of them, trying to scrape together a few coins. The streets are full of the “inner” refugees of Syria, who have come from all over to the only area left that is still relatively liveable…. You see the beauty of these hills, the smile on people’s faces, the good-natured gaze of a boy who is about to join the army and gives us the two or three peanuts he has in his pocket as a token of “togetherness”…. And then you remember that they have decided to bomb us tomorrow.”

-The nuns at Cistercian Monastery of Valserena in Tuscany 

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“As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire.  You fight fire with water.  You fight violence with nonviolence.  You fight hatred with love.”

-Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians

“All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!”

-Pope Francis, shared at Experimental Theology

To support this calling for peace, I will indeed pray, fast and express my support for aiding the innocent lives that are caught up in this dilemma. Shane Claiborne is right,”You fight fire with water”. Even the mighty Avatar Korra knows that ;) Pray for peace my friends.

 Photo sources: Korra

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