The conflict in the Middle East makes me feel helpless

Still frame photo from the execution video. Photo Credit: Mail Online
Still frame photo from the execution video. Photo Credit: Mail Online

I feel helpless when I read reports like this one. Journalist Steven Sotloff disappeared in Syria back in August 2013 and was not seen again until a recent video surfaced of his execution. He was beheaded on camera by members of ISIS.

I’m writing this post because while I am totally ill-equipt to tackle issues of foreign policy like this one, I know that hate and fear can only breed and grow if we allow them to. I can’t ease the pain that Steven Sotloff’s family is encountering, and I don’t know how to bring peace to the middle east. But I do know the most powerful weapon against hate, hateful acts, criticism, violence, discrimination etc., Is good people trying there very best to do good and to be good. 

So from now on when I read an article like this one, I’m going to redouble my efforts to be kind, to promote understanding, to spread the message of love and peace in my family, to my friends and in my community. 

Maybe in some small way it will make a difference. 

Are you with me?

Love, 

Angela

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One thought on “The conflict in the Middle East makes me feel helpless

  1. Thanks Angela. Its sososo hard to see this kind of stuff go on in the world and not just cry all over the place about it. In my city, like most cities, there are a good deal of homeless people. It can be really testimony shaking for me to see their struggle.

    I look at their pain, and look at the other sad and evils of the world, and I think of your words. For all the bad, there is good. I think its the best we can do to do a good turn daily ourselves, buy that homeless guy a bagel, adopt a child, donate clothes to churches, however you can and want to help, its a good place to be.

    God is a God of love. Let us all love one another, even when we aren’t loved back. Enough small differences will make a big difference.

    Thanks for the encouraging reminder.

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