My Easter Monday Reflection: I Want To Give Mana Neyestani a Hug.


If you don’t know who Mana Neyestani is, don’t worry. I didn’t either until last week. He is an Iranian artist who’s political cartoon has gone viral. Here it is in case you haven’t seen it.

I am always so impressed with political cartoonists. They say so much with so little.

My previous two blog articles notwithstanding, I still celebrate Easter as a time of reflection, rejoicing and a celebration of life. Because of the area of the world where all of the events of the Christian Easter story takes place, it makes my thoughts turn to the Middle East who’s history has had such far reaching effects in the world.

In the US we’ve been at war for a decade, across an ocean, where we don’t have to face the harsh realities of what war does to a country and it’s population unless we happen to have a loved one involved or lost in the conflict. (And if you have, I thank you for your service and sacrifice.) Can you imagine what it’s like to live in certain areas of the Middle East where war and threats and terrorism are constant worries or occurrences? It seems unthinkable to me, the feelings of helplessness and frustration the general population must feel, after all they are at the mercy of either their government or someone’s else’s in regards to bombs and battles.

What strikes me in this cartoon is the idea that perhaps different people all over the world feel the way many Americans do. Their governments or leaders may  shout and threaten, but the general populations want peace. When you see those arms outstretched under the podiums, roses in hand, do you know who they belong to? The moderates, that’s who. Those members of each country who, while they may not agree with the policies of the their “enemy” would still rather seek peace than continue the conflicts which are killing too many innocents on each side.

So my intention for the world this Easter Monday, my prayer if you will, is that the leaders of every country stop their rhetoric and fear mongering and remember that with each conflict they order or encourage, the lives of people they don’t know and will never meet will be irrevocably changed for the worst and those people want peace.

Matthew 5:19 Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.

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