I remember one Christmas as a kiddie boy who loved to put things together. (Take apart too, but never to see them put together again).
So, when Christmas came along, I asked Santa for an erector set (remember those?). Christmas morning I joined my sisters in approaching three living room chairs, each of which held Christmas gifts.
Mom asked each of my older sisters if they liked their gifts, and surely they did. But when she asked me, I looked sadly at my chair with a few books and black socks. Yes, I gulped. I liked my gifts.
"Didn't you want something more?" she asked with a smile. I nodded my head.
"Dad, would you bring his other gift out?" And I shouted in joy when Dad brought out my new erector set!
Isn't this like our Christmas this year? For Christmas we want family time, smiling grandkids, freedom to shop for perfect gifts. All we have is Amazon!
But we can't forget that God's timing is perfect, and we will come out on the other side of this in God's time, not ours. We just need to keep on being patient.
And, just like in my Christmas of old, our Father will bring us patience, strength, tolerance, generosity, and kindness. And, like all our past Christmases of old, we will share a special sense of joy when we can put 2020 behind us.
Fundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict, by Muli wa Kyendo (ed.)
This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.around the world.
Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans – like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.
Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age, Bruce L. Cook (ed.)
Violent behavior has become deeply integrated into modern society and it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Examining peacemaking strategies through a critical and academic perspective can assist in resolving violence in societies around the world.
The Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age is a pivotal reference source for the latest research findings on the utilization of peacemaking in media, leadership, and religion. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as human rights, spirituality, and the Summer of Peace, this publication is an ideal resource for policymakers, universities and colleges, graduate-level students, and organizations seeking current research on the application of conflict resolution and international negotiation.
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