“Today marks one thousand days since Syrians first took to the streets in large numbers calling for political and economic freedom. Instead of responding to their calls, the Syrian Government resorted to brutal violence. As a result, over 100,000 lives have been lost and more than 8.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes, 2 million of whom have become refugees. 9.3 million people are in need of and dependent on humanitarian aid. This is the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of this century.
The people of Syria want and deserve peace, but this will only come if they achieve freedom and dignity. This is why the Geneva II peace process starting in January is vital. A negotiated political transition in Syria is the only way to end the conflict, address its root causes and alleviate Syria’s humanitarian crisis. That clearly means that Assad, who has presided over this deepening conflict, cannot be part of Syria’s future.” (UK Foreign Secretary William Hague from the Press Release on “Foreign Secretary Marks 1000 days of Syria Crisis” on GOV.UK)
These shocking stats are from GOV.UK.
The British Foreign Secretary is currently in Oman. This is what he tweeted just over 4 hours ago:
100,000 lives!!!!!!! Enough is enough! Let’s pray that something is done SOON to end this bloodshed!
This video was shared on facebook by a dear friend of mine who recently lost a child. As she wrote, “Suffering. Evil. Death. All of us experience them. They consume the lives of our precious loved ones — sometimes in unspeakably horrible ways. They bend us to the ground and produce tearful groanings too deep for words. Jesus was not immune from these realities…“
This is a poem written and read by John Piper, pastor at Bethelehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that offers a new perspective on Christmas.
If you would like to see the words as it’s read, here is another version:The story behind John Piper’s Poem, “The Innkeeper”
(Lighting of the Advent Wreath by the Kamalaker family)The Scripture reading on Friday morning was from Isaiah 9:2-7. Pastor Jack Buteyn, Friday service 9am, Dec. 6th, 2013. Worship songs this week included: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Let Our Praise Be Your Welcome (We are Here for You), Wonderful, So Wonderful (Beautiful One), Before Creation’s Time (Breathe Life), Light of the World and The Splendour of the King (How Great is Our God). I hope you’re all having a peaceful Christmas season!
Got the following notification on wordpress: When I clicked on the notification, it gave me more info:It was 5 years ago that I made the move from blogger to wordpress. Was a great decision!
During the past 6 years of living in Oman, I’ve been to Wadi Shab a number of times. In fact, I’m sure it’s the wadi I’ve traveled to the most out of the hundreds of wadis in all of the sultanate. (I’ve posted about Wadi Shab Resort, the Red Bull Cliff Diving Event there (posts 1, 2, 3, & 4) The most popular posts on Wadi Shab from this blog would have to be the touristy ones I wrote titled “Wadi Shab – Not to “Shabby“!” (Nov 1, 2009) and “More of the Beauty of Wadi Shab” (Nov 2, 2009). Well, I think it’s time to share with my readers the most impressive part of Wadi Shab which is the “secret cave” beyond the more popular swimming areas that tourists tend to visit.Very few people that I have spoken with about Wadi Shab have actually visited this cave. Maybe it’s because there are no signs telling travellers where to go. You either know about the place or friendly people along the path “in the know” might be able to direct you to it.When my sister-in-law visited us here in the sultanate I knew she would be adventurous enough for the more than 45 minute hike to get there and a few minutes of swimming to get inside. If you are not a good swimmer, please don’t even think about trying to reach this cave!!!This is inside the cave. The place above the red rope is the best spot for diving into the water below if you are courageous enough!This cave reminds of something you might see in an Indiana-Jones type of movie!Wadi Shab itself is worth visiting. Don’t get me wrong. But those who have been to the “secret cave” realize that a trip to Wadi Shab just isn’t the same without going inside.This is the part where people might turn back not realizing the experience they have just missed. The cave opening in the picture above doesn’t look like much, but that small dark hole on the left side is the narrow tunnel leading to the cave. Some people leave their belongings in bags here before swimming to the cave. If you do make it here, I recommend bringing an underwater camera. I DO NOT recommend bringing an expensive camera and trying to swim with one hand as I did. Be sure to check the video below. :-)Just look at the color of that water! Here is a video which I relucantly show you as you can hear me huffing and puffing as I swim while trying to capture the journey into the cave.
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