Letter from Baghdad peacemaker

 Today as I write to you the wind is rattling the window, outside a kitten mews for its mother, and occasionally a helicopter or a jet flies overhead. Otherwise all is quiet. It's unusually quiet because there are no generators running. We've had a lot of electricity from the national grid in the last two days, probably because of the elections which were held yesterday. In the quiet of the morning I wonder how Tom, Norman, Jim and Harmeet are doing. I wonder if they are being treated well, if they have enough blankets as the weather turns colder, if they have enough to eat. I wonder if they are together, or separated. I wonder if they are suffering in any way. I don't wonder if they are alive--I feel their souls are among the living. There has been no news from those holding our friends, and I pray that this silence is simply a time of much discussion. I pray each day that God would change their hearts and minds, and that they would feel compelled to release them. I also pray that whatever happens, I and we as CPT, will be able to forgive. I pray that also for Tom, Jim, Norman and Harmeet but realise that I cannot begin to understand what that would mean for them. In this day, my hope is that our dear colleagues are feeling the love and presence of God. I also pray that those who are holding them are feeling that same love, for that is truly the only way to go forward from this place. Thank you all for the love of God we feel flowing from you in messages of support and care. For the latest news from teh Christian Peacemaker Teams around the world see: www.cpt.org

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