Let’s Pray for Our Country, Our Leaders and for the Safety of all our people.
We cannot deny it. Our nation is in trouble as result of ethnic federalism introduced by the TPLF 28 years ago and we are now facing peril.
You can turn on your television or scroll through your Facebook newsfeed right now and see that there is so much death, ethnic cleansing, ethnic violence, ethnic extremism, ethnic favoritism, fear and hatred in the hearts of those around us. We are contending with issues that are causing the very foundation of our country to crumble.
Whether we Ethiopians agree or not with many issues, our ancestors have given us much in common. They lived together, intermarried and passed on their blood to those now living. This mixture of blood, which runs through the veins of each one of our ethnic groups, gives us life and nourishment to carry on as a one people. Even more importantly, we Ethiopians do not only share the land, language, and customs, but what we really share is the same Maker of our lives, a God who views his children equally, regardless of ethnicity. With God there is no favoritism.
My fellow Ethiopians, we cannot give in to ethnic hatred, bitterness, and revenge, which is like giving our lives up for destruction and passing on the curse to our descendants. Worse yet, it is totally misusing the gifts God gave to us; gifts meant to become a blessing to others.
Let the death of all our people regardless of their ethnicity, the pain of those wounded, the grief of family members facing the loss of family, the suffering of those politicians locked up in jail, the hardship of all Ethiopians who are not seeing any future in Ethiopia, the mothers who cannot feed their children, the orphans who have no family to care for them, and those Ethiopians living in poverty and misery, bring us to humbly love God and neighbor in ways that will change our land. Let us start seeing others as ourselves. In the eyes of God, there is no us and them for we are all created equal.
As we mourn for all our precious people of Ethiopia, let us start talking to each other rather than talking about other. May God heal the hard spots in our hearts where we have been carrying ethnic hatred and bitterness instead of loving one another for our humanity has no boundaries. With changed hearts and forgiveness of self and others, a new, more unified and more prosperous Ethiopia for all is possible. Let us stand together for what is right and good, starting today.
May the rivers of love, forgiveness, kindness, acceptance, and justice overflow from our people, bringing life and blessings not only to Ethiopia but to Africa and the world.
Long live Ethiopia!