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“I love the old saying that the Gospel should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, because we begin to feel [ourselves] moved with responsibility… it demands something of us. And that’s the kind of love that Dostoevsky spoke of when he said the kind of love we’re talking about is not the sentimental love of story books and fairy tales but its the love that keeps you up at night, its the harsh and dreadful love that won’t let you sleep while someone else is suffering.”
“In times like this we turn to the Bible. We come with pain, struggling and frustration. I look to find comfort. I look at the stories in the Bible and I read many things of great figures who went through difficult situations and overcame them. But what affects me most is the story of women. Women who like me were wives and mothers. Women who lived in less than ideal situations where they sometimes had to struggle to have their voices heard. I recognize these womens’ [hearts]. We share similar hopes and fears.”
“For us Palestinians it’s not an academic study, the theology of the land, it’s very personal… When I speak about my theology of the land I will speak with the first person pronoun, because it is my life… I am a Palestinian Christian, not invented. I was born in Bethlehem to an Arab Palestinian family… I am an Evangelical, a follower of Jesus, a sinner saved by grace.”
"The knock came through the Sermon on the Mount, through reading Matthew 5… I froze with this knock on my heart, had to turn back, and those three words popped up: “love your enemy,” Sami. I’m calling you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you as your King, as your Father, as your God to love your enemy. And that took me on an incredible process. What does Jesus mean, to me as a Palestinian, living in this situation, to love my enemy?”