Once again, I’d like to offer another’s words for you to peruse today rather than my own…I realize I’ve been doing this a lot lately on here, but I guess a lot of the things I’m interested in are things in which I don’t really have much first-hand experience with (yet), and so others are much better qualified to speak on them than I…Anyway, I thought this article on Life in Bethlehem on the MCC Palestine site was a great piece. In it, a young Canadian woman who is volunteering with MCC in Bethlehem speaks of her experience of working for peace in the region, and urges the Mennonite church to consider again the cost of nonviolence as identified by MLK: sacrifice, suffering, and struggle. Are we who say we value nonviolence and peace efforts, she asks, truly willing to pay this price ourselves?
And I think it is also fitting to note that on this day in the western Church’s calendar, Good Friday, we remember that the Man of Sorrows, the very Prince of Peace, was Himself willing to pay this price-sacrifice, suffering, and struggle-and indeed the ultimate price; and we remember that the earthly journey that began for Him in Bethlehem eventually led him down the via dolorosa and up a hill outside of Jerusalem to be crucified in the ultimate act of nonviolence on behalf of others.
Will we who call ourselves His followers take up our crosses, in our own ways everyday, and follow Him? I pray for the grace to do so, for all of us.