It has been exactly a month since the world broke. Of course, it’s been broken for ages. Smashed and soiled, so much tender growth and innocent children continuously razed under heels of violators and killers. We know this, and yet we’ve still built bridges and relationships, repairing what we can and dreaming of a better future.
Jessica, this is one of the best pieces I've read on this mess. You've captured the complexity and the pain. See you Sunday, but not at 11--Asbury gets me then. BTW, Let There Be Peace on Earth is my fav.
I would hide you.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
Love to you in this awful time. <3
Dear Jessica, I agree with all you wrote…my heart and soul hurt from all this mindless killing of innocent people. I hurt for the ugliness of anti-semitism. I will never ever understand why any of this hateful horribleness exists. Thank you for your insightful writing.
Jessica, thank you for putting my feelings into words. Did you see that there was a peaceful protest in front of Jon Ossof's office by Jews asking for a cease fire. Most of the protestors looked middle aged and younger, which gives this old lady hope for the future.
I'm without words because this expresses what I feel. Thank you. It is appreciated. It is important. It is still devastating. I barely sleep. If I do, this is on my mind. Pray the hostages are all well and safely returned. Pray for the violence to stop. Just pray.
I concur with Kathy Hodges, and wish I could give you more than a virtual hug (maybe I will at the Shalom Y'all Festival). Asbury is singing Let There Be Peace on Earth all of November. This war is breaking my heart because I remember visiting Israel in 2000 (so many years ago) when there was relative peace, and because I know my beloved friends are hurting. Love to you.
We had a cousin killed in her home in Israel on October 7. 💔
Thank you so much for your insight, Jessica. I love you so much and I really want to get on a plane to come hug you right now. I'm so sorry for what you are going through. I'm at such a loss for words; I'm so taken aback at the hatred I see. I agree with your friend....I've been doing my best to stay offline.
Shalom and much love Jess.