Yahoo News pictures/AP: Pictures of Israeli kids writing messages on artillery shells

This picture (and the next one) have been making the rounds of the NLG email discussion lists. While the images are horrifying, I can’t help but think that these kids have no idea what they are doing and their minds have been poisoned by the hate of their parents and others around them.

And of course the same thing is happening on the other side of the war, generation after generation being taught to deny their common humanity and instead regard the other as their enemy.

Words fail me except to say that all I know to do is to pray, that children of all religions and ethnicities in the Middle East might awaken to the truth, that God is love and that the way of hate is not God’s way, and that all of us are brothers and sisters.