Category Archives: Palestinian Christians speak

Behold the Duck

swimming gracefully on the placid water, trailing behind a gentle wake in the morning sunshine.  Beautiful, peaceful he glides, showing his Mallard colors.  It looks effortless.  But only because we don’t see the sometimes furious paddling below the surface.  Let’s … Continue reading

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“HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK,

but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”  So wrote King Solomon of ancient Israel in his “Proverbs.”  Who hasn’t experienced that ache of a loss that goes on and on—dreams for better days that never come?  They seem … Continue reading

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DISAPPEARING SALT AND LIGHT

They’re not allowed to go to Tel Aviv (in Israel) from Palestine, but they can fly out of Amman, avoiding Israeli-only roads on their way to Jordan.  Millions of Palestinian Christians have left their homeland.   Last summer we encountered … Continue reading

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“WE CAN’T GO DIRECTLY TO GOD; WE HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE ISRAELI ARMY TO GET PERMISSION”

Easter preceeded by the events of Good Friday holds a special place in the hearts of Palestinian Christians. More than Christmas. The crucifixion of Jesus. His resurrection from the grave. Our good friend in Bethlehem applied to the Israeli authorities … Continue reading

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“HELP US NOT TO LOSE HOPE”

The sun warmed the early March day. Spring burst out—for one day in Seattle. The natives here revel in the warmth. We call them “sun breaks” when the clouds part and we all go outside under blue sky. On such … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS CHANGE AGENTS FROM BETHLEHEM

And old man with a vision for the future predicted trouble for the family of the child, from Bethlehem. He would be “destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will … Continue reading

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“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

“A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Students both Palestinian and German inscribed these words of Jesus on a stone at Daoud Nassar’s farm south of Bethlehem. His “Tent of Nations” literally is a  center on a hill that … Continue reading

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