As you are fully aware, these past few weeks have been particularly challenging for those who live in this land. The strife, the divisions, the suffering – all are around us daily. However, we are encouraged by so many messages of support and commitments to pray from our supporters around the world for our staff and the ministry of the Nazareth Trust. Thank you for standing by us.
A public statement from the Nazareth Hospital in the light of the recent tensions reads as follows:
With strife sweeping through our cities and casualties of the violent events coming to our hospital wards, we choose to stay together. In our emergency room or on the operating bed under the blinding lights, the patient sometimes has no idea of who is taking care of them, bandaging their wounds, or saying those comforting words. In moments like those, there is no ‘Arab’ or ‘Jew’: just human. Some would think it is ironic. We see it as hope for the future.
During this past year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to reach new areas of coexistence and solidarity. We worked together. We fought together in the midst of what seemed to be a hopeless and impossible task. And many times, when a patient was taking their last breath, far from their loved ones, those who stood by them were members of a different faith.
Here at the Nazareth Trust, we feel the pain of our different communities over the past few weeks. Despite all that is happening, we want to be that beacon of hope, peace, and unity in our community.
Let’s all pray the prayer of Francis of Assisi:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
Let’s pray for peace in this land and peace between communities. Let’s also pray for our hospital staff, for their safety as they drive to work on a daily basis, and for continued unity as they care for people of all faiths and backgrounds. And let’s continue to pray for the many thousands of people who continue to need our services every day.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.