The conflict in Syria has reached “unprecedented levels of horror”, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has told the UN Security Council. (BBC)
Middle East Conflicts. Chaos. War. Death. Innocent. Guilty. Discrimination. Oppression. This. That.
Whatever the reason, we need to ask God of Justice, peace and hope to bring peace to the country and the global community. It may feel so far fetch from us as Syria is on a different continent, but there are several people who are hoping that we, the international community, are praying for them.
We can intercede that there will be no more suffering from violence, comfort those who have lost their loved ones, help countries who are taking in Syrian refugees, protect those people who choose to live for peace, and those who continue to use violence…God should change their hearts.
Yes, there has been reported “ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria”. According to Barnabas Fund, A senior church leader reported that they face “inflation, poverty, growing sectarian enmity, shortages of food and fuel, cold weather, revenge, kidnapping for big amount of ransom, risk of travelling, frequent internet cut off and many such things.” But we have to be the light and show a true reflection of Jesus. It was on the road to Damascus, capital of today’s Syria, that Saul was stopped short in his mission to destroy the early Church. The risen Christ asked him “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4). It was in Damascus that Saul regained his sight again after being struck blind, and it was here that he was filled with the Holy Spirit, was baptised and began his ministry as an apostle. Let us start by committing every soul to the Lord. All they need is an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just like Paul.