A three-year-old girl came into the living room dressed in her mother’s clothes. Her mother and grandmother sat quietly nearby, dark circles around their eyes.
“It was very noticeable that they were quiet and sad,” commented a staff member who had delivered a wheelchair to this home in Hebron for a family member recovering from back surgery. “Usually, in the Middle East, no matter what trials are happening, a family will put on a happy face when guests come.”
As she visited with the family, our staff member learned that tragedy had struck six months earlier. Caught in the crossfire when soldiers raided their village, the little girl’s father had been killed. The soldiers had been randomly searching homes for weapons in the middle of the night. As is too often the case in the Middle East, an innocent life was caught in the conflict and prematurely snuffed out.
As she listened to the family’s grief-stricken story, the staff member was “struck that the women didn’t speak out of bitterness towards the soldiers, nor out of admiration for the dad in being a martyr.” This is often what is heard from people whose family members have been killed by the opposing side in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. But in this case they were simply mourning the loss of a loved one.
By offering physical aid in the form of a wheelchair, our staff were welcomed into this home that would likely have otherwise been closed to them. They were able to show compassion and offer hope to this family in one of their darkest times.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . . he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4 & 5
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