Respite from violence feels like first time
Although a ceasefire is held between government troops and the New People’s Army every Christmas season, each time this happens it always feels like the first time, especially for the families of soldiers and rebels alike. The short time the ceasefire holds suspends whatever anxieties and uncertainties they feel about their respective fathers, brothers, sons and daughters in the battlefield.
This short respite from violent conflict gives them the opportunity to spend Christmas together and to express their feelings, care and love. As Jesus preached love and peace, soldiers and rebels should make the most out of this opportunity together with their families.
There’s no end to hoping that there will be no more wars, conflicts, disunity and violence. It’s a never-ending prayer.
—VIVIENNE B. PABUSTAN,
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