Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched hundreds of kites and helium balloons bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, into Israeli territory. The fire balloons and kites have burned thousands of acres containing homes, farms, vineyards, bee hives, nature reserves, and animals. Firefighters are putting out 15–20 fires a day in one town along the Gaza border.
Israel is an arid country with 70% of its rain falling between November and March. Rain is very rare between June and August. Experts say that this year, the fifth consecutive year of severe drought, is the driest in 40 years. Therefore, the fires have spread rapidly.
As the children of Kibbutz Nir Am, about a mile from the Gaza border, ran to put out the flames from a fire balloon, one child asked, “Why do they think we hate them so much? How can we show them we love them and that they are important to God too?”
Another answered, “Let’s send them balloons and tell them.”
The children and their parents blew up helium balloons and attached notes of love and candy. The entire kibbutz joined in to release and cheer on these “peace balloons.”
As if the Lord was giving His approval of this unusually kind act, it also rained.
May we all respond to our enemies with childhood hearts of mercy.
“And He said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'” – Matthew 18:3
“Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” – Psalm 8:2