I’m sure you’ve seen, heard, or read about the crisis in Syria, making the top headline news this week. I, myself, have been sharing posts, videos, and photos about it on my Facebook wall.
To tell you, I’m not the type who is up-to-date with international headlines. I barely even watch our own local news, because I don’t like hearing disappointing things like the inefficiency of our government, the nuisance of corrupt politicians, or the terrifying high crime rates.
Normally, I’d skip the “bad news” and just keep myself updated with the good stuff as I love to share anything positive. But this matter concerning Syria is definitely different and highly critical.
It’s shocking and depressing to learn that the Syrian civil war has been going on since 2011. If not because of the alarming photo of the 3-yr old Syrian boy who drowned, when his family and some others were tryin’ to reach Greece to flee from war, I wouldn’t have gotten to know more about their heartbreaking situation. It’s not just a Syria crisis, it’s a world crisis which I believe needs more awareness than the attention it’s getting.
Aylan Kurdi, 3yrs old, and his 5-yr old brother were among the children whose bodies were washed up in shore when their boat capsized, in their family’s attempt to flee from war. Let’s remember them not with their photos of tragic death but as sweet & happy kiddos. (Photos grabbed from news site)
Aylun Kurdi with his brother
Judging from the Facebook shares I see from my friends on this issue, I can only count a couple of them who seem updated and concerned about what’s happening lately. Most are either blind, immune, or just didn’t care at all. And it’s surprisingly sad to see how many would rather continue posting their #selfies and not even bother to just skim through some horrible news happening outside of their comfortable homes.
No offense, I know we all just want to do our usual stuff online and enjoy life. But can we not stop from there? For once, let’s not limit ourselves to only post random food photos or cat videos. Having this great privilege to be online is not only meant for bragging our newest branded shoes or recent coffeeshop finds, or posting the latest meme or even for arguing with complete strangers on issues about religion or politics. We can do better than that. PLEASE. Let’s use this amazing digital technology to do better, to help make our world better.
I’m not asking anyone to stop posting about his own updates or whatever he likes to share (because I do, too). I know it’s not my job to tell someone how to use or not use the technology or what to do or not do with your life. What I’m just trying to say is that maybe we must at least stop for a minute and try to get updates on the real things going on around us. Like real, significant updates on global issues, updates on the real struggles of many people from the other parts of the world.
For just this time, let’s take a moment to know REAL LIFE WORLD PROBLEMS. And not just focus on our petty worries like ranting about the bad internet connection, etc. I know many of us would not mind others’ struggles, especially those from the foreign land, either because we think we are far, we are poor, we don’t know these people, we have nothing to gain from them, or we just don’t give a damn about things like this because we have our own personal issues. In short, we think we can’t do anything about it and we’re better off dealing our own problems.
Don’t be selfish. Let me tell you.
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
I understand that there are many global news that needs serious attention: global warming, severe poverty, war, and more. We may not be able to directly help solve these problems, but a simple act of “sharing” these news would help make more people aware. I believe that awareness is a good start. But it doesn’t have to stop there. We can donate as well.
But for those (like me) who think they can’t help physically or financially, I believe that a quick little prayer is a really powerful option. It doesn’t matter what your religion is, (or even if you don’t have one), just stop for a minute, close your eyes and think about our people, our children, our world. Really think hard about what’s going on and what these people are going through right now.
Do your part and be sensitive to these things.
As for the most recent world crisis news right now, no matter which side you are, on this Syria crisis story, (claiming them as refugees or illegal migrants), please just be human in your judgment and pray for their safety, security, peace, and harmony .
Writing this post at 3AM while everyone at home is sleeping, I can only imagine those Syrian families still restless at this very time, desperately crying for help. So please, let’s help them in our own little ways of spreading awareness and praying for them.
If you’re reading up to this part. I sincerely ask that you take a minute to pause NOW and join me.. Let’s say a little prayer for these people and for our world.
Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy, your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…
Thank you for being aware and taking the time to read. I hope you are safe, at peace, and not going through anything like this crisis.