Today President Trump met with Turkey's President Erdoğan at the White House. There was a small press event at the beginning and then a full press conference after their closed door meeting. They seemed to say the usual things. But one thing stood out to me as exceedingly hopeful, the term friend. They each referred to the other as a friend, even a good friend. We all know world leaders often pretend camaraderie through gritted teeth. But in this instance I hope it means our problems in some areas of the world can come to an end. These are the leaders we have and they are the ones working together. I'll take a little light over pessimism any day.
(The visit seems to have been overshadowed by the Ukraine hearings, which the President commented on during the event.)
Here is where they call eachother friend:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
So many problems in our world are caused by selfishness. How many wars have been fought for reasons other than what we have been told? How many problems did we create ourselves?
The snow falls. The sun shines.
It doesn't fight. It doesn't steal.
What the world needs is unconditional love, healing, and awareness of why all this has happened. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said of his times, "Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened."
The world needs God.
We are not just all by ourselves. We are a force together, meant to be together, intended to be in connection with our Creator. It is so simple. How many times do we see kindness and it touches us deeply? Each person, anywhere, kindness, love, empathy, selflessness, these things move us all.
Why are we so similar if we are supposed to be Us and Them?
Today marks 30 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down by ordinary people. Do you remember it?The date is seared in my mind. It was the beginning of the end of Communism in that area of the world. (Though it seems to have just moved elsewhere.)