My Moravian Daily Text for today:
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces. [Isaiah 25:8]
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. [Romans 12:12]
Creator God, this good world has seen much suffering and your people have endured much pain. Come and bless the people of [Burma, Zimbabwe, Darfur] now in the midst of their pain.
For the sake of Jesus.
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So, as the protests have continued those Burmese troops have fired and baton-charged into the crowd. Reports say there are up to 8 people dead, and many monks injured.
There have been lots of arrests, including raids on several monasteries last night.
Yet this morning it is reported that, despite few monks being present, hundreds if not thousands of ordinary people have come out onto the streets in protest.
There is barbed wire, water cannon, and a lot of armed troops. The military regime has a history of violent interventions when it comes to public protest. Yet more and more ordinary people seem to be coming onto the streets to protest.
My prayers remain with the people of Burma. May they stay brave and stand together.
I don’t know that much about Buddhism, but at the moment I have a lot of respect for some of its practitioners…
The news in the last few days has been full of reports of the protests by Buddhist monks in Burma against the repressive military regime there. The protests have been entirely peaceful, disciplined and well organised. As far as I can tell they have been the absolute model of public dissent. After several days of these protests the ruling generals have enacted bans on public gatherings, and brought troops onto the streets of Rangoon, threatening to forcibly break-up any marches today.
And yet this morning 5000 monks marched through the streets of Rangoon, undeterred.
The BBC is reporting that some protesters were beaten this morning, and others dragged into vans and carted away (where to?!). Yet the protest has remained peaceful and disciplined, and seems to invoke the support of the wider populace. The hope is that, along with international pressure from people like the US, the peaceful nature of these protests will preclude a repeat of 1988’s massacre of protestors.
My prayers are with these monks, even though their faith is so different from mine, and with the people of Burma. Pray with me for a continued non-violent protest, and a measured, non-violent response. And, maybe, we can hope for a peaceful change in regime.
Lord, guard and protect the people of Burma today
Hear their cries for justice
In Jesus name