A few years ago this week, I joined a pastor and a journalist on a pilgrimage of sorts, to the small town of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia. We were traveling to attend the annual memorial service. Each year as more remains are found they are buried in the cemetery that has become a national memorial.
Because we were traveling to the memorial service, and there was an American in the car. The car we were in was subjected to a very thorough search and my fellow travelers were carefully questioned at the border. This delay caused us to miss much of the service but we found the service on the radio.
This film is a reminder from that day.
There are many events remembering that atrocity of 20 years ago this week. This is a report from the BBC from London today.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22 ESV)
Our trust must be in the Lord. We may celebrate a nation as it does good. But remember, a nation is a collection of people, people are fallen, they fail. Trust in God who never fails.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
Yesterday I read of some excellent and honorable work going on among refugees in Szeged, Hungary.
A beautiful city on the Serb border that is the first larger city in Hungary on the Black Route.
Earlier this week (scroll down) I noted an article about The Black Route to Europe. Szeged is on that route. CLICK HERE to read about work among those refugees.
This is a view of Bethlehem.
I was there for 8 days in May and learned a lot about the conflict between peoples in that broken place.
Last night I watched this movie…
It reminded me of what I experienced for a week.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Love your enemy.
Love your neighbor.
One pastor said: “I have learned to love my enemy, who is also my neighbor.”