This is a season of weeping and mourning but it is not void of hope.
Our tears are the bridge between brutality and humanity;
Our tears are the salty gates for seeing a different reality;
Our tears are facing soulless nations and a parched mentality;
Our tears are the dam preventing rivers of animosity;
For the sake of the mourning men cry with us to reflect your amity;
For the sake of the poor children cry with us demanding sanity;
For the sake of lamenting mothers refuse violence and stupidity;
Love your enemies and cry with them is the advice of divinity;
Blessing those who curse is the path to genuine spirituality;
Pouring tears of mercy and compassion is true piety;
Pray with tears for the sake of spreading equity;
Followers of Jesus: crying is now our responsibility;
But don’t cry for your friends only but also for your Enemy.
A Prayer in the midst of the Israelie-Palestanian conflict by Dr. Yonanna Katanacho
(academic Dean, Bethlehem Bible College)