Hope in the Midst of Division

a post from MAIN THING BLOG FRIEND, Teresa Keogh

Where am I hope in a divided place?

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Work took me to Cyprus this weekend and I decided to Visit Buyuk Han, an old camel trading post in the city of Nicosia – but on the Turkish side. The Han is now a craft market and restaurant.

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I crossed the checkpoint, showing my passport on first the Greek and then the Turkish side.   Inside I found this crochet. Here I found hope in the midst of distrust. Crocheting squares and joining them together is joining these two communities that have been divided for so many years. A simple act of crochet has done what politics has failed to do. It is breaking down barriers and then building anew in a spirit of trust. Where is God inviting me to spread peace when there is fear? I ask for the courage to work for unity whether in my home, the workplace or the world.

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