There is so much to say that media is
not expressing. I know it is very challenging not to take side in this crazy aggression, not to judge who is right who is
wrong! Will you join me while practicing it? And if only because we get what we reflect!
Massive destruction in Lebanon
cannot diminish the pain of the destruction in Israel,
children getting killed in both sides – is forbidden to be the answer! It is not the solution! Wars are not the way out as
history taught us already - no one ever won a war, not even when it is justified, if any violence can ever be justified… When
will they ever learn?
And again sirens tear the air, frightening
loud noises of aircrafts carrying bombs, horrifying bombing blasts and weaseling rockets falling all over almost with no distinguish,
spreading bereavement and devastation, seeding fear and anger, increasing revenge and ignorance… When will they ever learn?
People cry for help; Lebanese, Palestinians
and Israelis mourning, wounded, refugees, left with nothing… Children – same children I believed will not have to suffer again
trauma of war, this generation I was praying for them to be saved of older generations’ experience of useless hostility. When
will they ever learn?
WHEN WILL THEY WAKE UP?
Nevertheless in such times, when emotion
intimidate to fog any clarity, especially in such times I spend more and more time with the children are sitting nonstop for
the forth week in smothery shelters. I never know if I help them or they help me, must be both! That is my share; that is
my self-healing. So little in such huge ocean of pain! If I could only go also visit the children in Gaza Strip and those
in Lebanon… children are children are
children! Any drop of hope can be offered – might change and if only little bit. That is what I have to offer – hope and trust
in the goodness (GODness) within humanity.
Meanwhile I can spend time only with
Israeli children in the north part of Israel,
Jews, Muslims, Druze, Christians… “Almighty” is not discriminating, all share this insanity scenario. They are the light!
I wish you could join me during the time when I tell the kids the story about Sadako Sasaki, the Japanese girl was born in
Hiroshima during 2nd WW. The poisoning effect of the atomic
deadly bomb thrown on her home-town, appeared only twelve years later when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Shortly before
subdued by the terminal (that time) illness, she committed herself to fold 1000 paper cranes, which according to an ancient
Japanese tradition – doing so one can make a wish and it will come true. When I share this story with the children of over
than 60 years later, I tell them that Sadako wish was referring also for them as she asked very clearly for ALL the children
of the world, ALL OF THEM, never to be part of the adults’ conflicts, always to be left out! Than when I tell them that she
was too sick to complete but they can help bring her wish come real by folding 1000 paper cranes, you should see the sparkle
in the eyes – yes! Enthusiastically instantly they cry: We are committed to fold 1000 paper cranes! We are ready to make it
happens! For ALL the children of the world!”. Those little fingers folding small colored papers to the shape of Crane, than
closing eyes, praying silently together for Pace on earth, blowing the spirit of the prayer into the paper bird, wishing it
to spread the message all over mother earth, for all her children! Also when the youngsters are not yet capable to deal with
the folding but not giving up on becoming part of the action, they paint colorfully, what they call ‘peace drawings’. Or the
older one writing Praying Mandalas! What a sight!
And before closing, (I know, again it
is too long… please forgive me and I thank you for your infinite patient…) in the midst of all events I discover new friends
include a group of people in little town called Rosh Pina are wiling to have the International Day in Peace ceremony on September
21st include planting Peace Pole as well as having the World Peace Ceremony with all the nations’ flags! Couldn’t ask for
more! Oh no! I could ask for so much more… how about simply envision peace
I am so privileged to be here accomplishing
this mission, knowing I am protected by the unconditional love of God and by your prayers! In humble modesty I thank you!
In Oneness and infinite loving gratitude
Oh Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is Hatred, let me bring Love; Where there is Injury
Where there is Doubt - Faith; Where there is Despair - Hope;
Where there is Darkness - Light;
And where there is Sadness - Joy.
Ms. Hagit Ra’anan
POB 39, Kiryat Ono, Israel 55100
Tel/Fax 972-3-5353496; Mobile