It’s been a while since my last post because so much has happened this past week, leaving me very disoriented and feeling down. Last Thursday I received a message that my 31 year old cousin passed away in Syria. Shocked and upset I thought that he died as a result of the conflict, revolution, whatever you want to call it. But that wasn’t the case. A husband and a father of two (a 7 and 5 year old), he suffered a stroke and died before getting to the hospital. It happened on mother’s day (in the Middle East) after he visited his mother and when he was about to leave his in-laws’ home with his family.
I really have so much to say, but not enough concentration to organize my thoughts. Current events in Syria have gone out of control, and I can only hope and pray that it ends sooner rather than later. I feel like many Syrian people have been blinded by their hate, greed, vengeance, and lack of forgiveness. What ever happened to humanity? Have we become so desensitized when it comes to death? Or did we forget how precious the gift of life is?
I made this flag as a small tribute to all the lives lost in Syria. The fact that they were considered “friends” by some and “enemies” by others is not important. I wanted this flag to be full of life in a time when death is all around, and to keep us hopeful during this difficult time. I used a picture of Damascus taken on my last trip there, along with other pictures that typically represent life in Damascus: Roses, Jasmine, and Green Plums.
Today I pray for my cousin and his family, and for Trayvon Martin and his family. I pray for every mother who has lost a child, and I pray for justice to be served to those who deserve it. And I pray for all humanity to wake up, and start feeling for one another. Life is too short, so reevaluate your priorities, say sorry to someone, and simply forgive. You never know when it’s going to be too late.
“Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant.” Al-‘Araf 7: 199
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6: 14-15