As part of the The Red Couch Book Club with SheLoves Magazine, I am introducing the book Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour for the month of March. Join me at SheLoves Magazine for the whole introductory post.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Last fall, my local YMCA hosted a workshop with guests from the Jerusalem International YMCA. The speakers, a Palestinian Christian man and an Israeli Jewish woman, came to talk about how the Y in Jerusalem is doing the work of peace. They talked of their ethnically and religiously diverse staff, their beautiful hotel that hosts guests of all nations and races, their policy of open welcome and acceptance. They told us about their preschool, where classrooms house teachers and children who are Christian, Jew, and Muslim, where they speak and teach in more than one language to foster an appreciation for others’ traditions. They told us that to enter the preschool, you pass a sign that says, “We all laugh in the same language.”
To be honest, I’ve never really paid much attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While I’ve heard it mentioned in the news and by our government officials for most of my life, it’s always seemed like a complicated, unending struggle that I didn’t understand. I’ve only ever had vague ideas in my mind about biblical prophecy, religious zeal, and acts of terror in the name of staking claim to the land. This month’s Red Couch selection has been an education.