So today was Good Friday, the day many Christians remember Jesus' crucifixion. I found out about an event at a rescue mission located about 45 minutes away and went there to help serve lemonade to the people from the community who came to eat. The day was cool and rainy, but we had a large crowd to feed. I had a wonderful time smiling at others, talking to the adults and making funny faces at the children. I wanted them to see Jesus in me and I hope they did. The mission gave away bags of groceries, nice clothes, Easter baskets and had games and balloons and prizes for the children.
On the way down I was listening to a CD from a message my pastor spoke a few months ago. I remember liking it then so I saved it and today I remembered why. One part he talks about suffering with people. How we enter into their suffering the same way Jesus suffered with us. So this evening I've been suffering for Syria.
They had "Great Friday" there. Each Friday they have had names for their protests -- the day of persistence and .. I'm drawing a blank, but you get the idea. Today being Good Friday for Christians, they decided to show solidarity with the Christians within Syria and gave it the Arabic version which Samer told me translates to Great Friday. So, Great Friday was a horrible day! Almost 90 people killed and I saw some gruesome videos! I "liked" Shaam News Network* on Facebook so my news feed has been full of the reality of the day there! And it's awful!
So I am sharing in their suffering and am heartbroken for the beautiful people throughout that country who are seeing their country fall apart and for those precious souls who lost their lives today. I weep with them.
Edited to add this video. A Syrian friend (not Samer who has been asleep in Germany for hours now) asked me to share it on Facebook just now and I decided to add it here. It will break your heart.
* Click the link, but be prepared for some graphic stuff. Some of my Facebook people seemed to have problems with a couple things I posted from it today. Reality is too difficult for many folks whose vision of reality is Survivor and Hell's Kitchen.