Calling for a Ceasefire in Syria

I have been praying for Syria for months, as have many others around the world. We have donated money. We have seen the pictures, read the headlines. Watching a country tearing itself apart is horrific. Was there ever such a wretched race as we humans? But there is something we can do:

 

In 24 hours, for the first time ever, major powers behind this war are going to meet. They say they want to hear the Syrian people’s demands, and they want to show their own public they are doing something. So here is how we get ‘a seat at the table’ — we commission a Syrian opinion poll, set up a live feed from Syrians to get clear demands presented to negotiators at the talks, and a million of us from across the world back the call for a ceasefire.

It has taken a three year bloodbath to get this conference, now we only have hours to be heard.If we come together and build a ceasefire call and then show up boldly on screen and in global numbers at the meeting, we could help bring an end to the carnage. The more of us that join the cry, the more attention we will get, and the more pressure on the parties to respond — sign for a ceasefire in Syria, now.” ~ Avaaz

Please click here to sign a petition calling for all the leaders of the conflict to agree a ceasefire. It will open in a new tab. At the time of writing, there are 145,000 signatories.

Thank you.

Syrian Solution?

While Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting tomorrow, 7th September, the campaign group Avaaz has created a petition to plead the US and Iranian presidents to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis. The petition is worded as follows:

 

‘To US President Obama and President Rouhani of Iran:

As citizens around the world horrified by the slaughter of innocents in Syria, we call on you to put aside your differences and meet to find a diplomatic path forward that brings all parties to the table to negotiate a ceasefire and peace. You are in a unique position to help broker such a solution. There must be a bold diplomatic breakthrough. We are calling on you to create one and start saving lives.’

 

I urge you to sign the petition. Who can forget the photographs of children, lying in rows as if sleeping peacefully… until you realise they are not sleeping. You ask ‘why?’ but there is no ‘why?’ It is just senseless.

 

Click here to sign the petition, it will open in a new tab.

 

As Followers of Christ, we must not put God last. I am not Catholic, but I will join Pope Francis in his call for prayer and fasting. We must stand together.

 

The world is too big for me to save. Christ already did that. But we must never underestimate the power of prayer.

 

“Jesus asked the father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’

And he said, ‘From childhood… if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.’ 

Jesus said to him, ‘If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.’

Immediately the father of the child cried out, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ 

…Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand.

When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’

He said to them, ‘This kind can come out only through prayer.’”

Mark 9:21-29 NRSVA