Peace in the Middle East - October 11, 2019

Brian Reed served in a military unit in Baghdad, Iraq, in the fall of 2003.  He and his unit went on regular street patrols to protect neighborhoods and build peace.  It was often a thankless, fruitless assignment.  Brian said his unit battled low morale daily.

An exception came in the form of a church service his men stumbled upon.  It was filled with Arabic-speaking Coptic Christians who invited the soldiers to partake in the Lord’s Supper with them.  Brian wrote, “Celebrating the Lord’s Supper and remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins was the most important bridge builder and wall destroyer we could have experienced.”

They were “opposite yous” brought together by the cross of Christ.  This is how happiness happens.