|Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team
Reverend Carolyn writes...
How can we deal with this endless stream
of bad news in all of our newspapers? I think we have to remember that however much we care, we can't
do everything but we can sometimes do something to make things better.
something is what Susan Abulhawa decided after she returned in 2001 to her former home in Jerusalem. She walked among the
rubble of the Arab-Israeli war and found herself thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a playground, just
a simple one like my daughter had in Philadelphia. She described this as a reawakening. The result is Playgrounds for Palestine,
that has set up 22 children's parks in the region including in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria. The charity remains
small and grass roots, not involved in politics of the Middle East. In 2004. a playground in Gaza was built. The children
were so excited they were already playing in the holes dug for the posts. Susan says, A playground seemed manageable to arrange.
It isn't changing the world, but it is bringing joy to those who use it.
is a line in the Railway Children where the old man says to the children, "Most people spend their lives waiting for
something wonderful to happen". Something wonderful has happened and in amongst the rubble of our disappointments and
all the bad news, we have the chance of a reawakening. The joy of God's love can make a difference
and heaven knows we need it.
Love and prayers,
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