The View from Here
This Christmas, peace be with you, peace flow through you, peace ground your feet and set you free.
‘Blessed are the peace-makers’ is an iconic challenge, but while peacemaking may bring blessing, it is easier said than done. Making peace takes more than words. It takes us all, and it begins right here.
This Christmas we are telling the stories of two Christian Aid peacemakers. Bishop Paride Taban who works in South Sudan and Diana Abbas is a psychologist who works in Lebanon with child refugees traumatised by war and conflict. Their diligent, careful work builds on a fragile hope that flourishes despite very difficult circumstances.
In our Christmas material, you will also meet Hassan, a young boy who lives with his father and grandfather in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Hassan has been deeply affected by his experiences in Syria. But through the patient work of staff in a children’s centre, he has begun a process of healing. Within this community of peacemakers, Hassan is rebuilding hope.
This work could not be possible without the generous support of churches like yours. Will you stand together with us again this Christmas and build peace through your prayers, actions and generous donations? You can ask our Foreign Secretary to be a peacemaker in Yemen this Christmas. Find out more here
Christian Aid’s excellent resources will inspire your church this Advent and Christmas. On our website, you’ll find a service outline, a selection of prayers and some sermon pointers. You can download these resources by clicking here.
Your support for Christian Aid’s work is so appreciated and I would like to thank you for continuing to stand with the world’s poor. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who showed us that the path to peace may not be smooth, let us continue to support those who do his work in such difficult circumstances around the world.
Peace be with us all,
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