Yesterday, at the church, the Bible study class was taken by Brother Hubert da Silva. He is from Nigeria, and told us about the realities of war.
"Brother Akunne has served in Liberia," Hubert began. Brother Akunne nodded. "Tell us, Brother Akunne, what do people look for when they are in the midst of a war torn region, like you were in Liberia".
"Exactly. Food. People want to feed themselves, keep safe and look after their loved ones. They are not thinking of anything else. Nothing else matters. People just want to be sure they remain safe, their loved ones remain safe, and they have food to eat....and water to drink, of course."
This stark reality of war seldom is obvious to people who have not been in such situations, and we should thank our lucky stars for such blessings.
But think about the situation in Syria today. All those people running for cover, at a loss why such a war is going on. A civil war, brothers of the same nation killing each other. What would our Heavenly Father say?
As the Peace Envoy Kofi Annan meets President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, I pray to God that they will work out a common-sense formula to withdraw the warring sides and try to create a natural peace.
The ordinary people just crave peace, so they can feel safe, eat, drink and go about their day to day activities. A good government ought to ensure such pursuit of happiness to its people, and President al-Assad must not let his people down on this most basic of human requirements.
I pray for peace, for understanding hearts of people, for the common good of humanity, so people may feel safe and enjoy their God-given life in peace.
If our Heavenly Father, who we call God and whose name is also Allah, were to feel good if humankind were to have peace, who amongst us would wish to please Him?