Especially in the midst of war.
A lot of Islamic terrorists boast that they will win against the West because they celebrate death and we celebrate life. As if that’s something to be proud of.
Glorifying death is not the point of living. Let’s celebrate life. No matter where you are and how bad things are. Life is so short and death is forever. So in the midst of all the terrible tragedies, life goes on. It has to. It must.
Only a few days after the Hamas-Israel War ended, we attended a henna ceremony for our friends’ daughter who’s about to get married. Which is why I’m dressed like that in the photo above.
Henna ceremonies are still popular among Jews from Morocco and Yemen, as well as in communities in India and many other Arab communities. The ceremony, where henna is applied in beautiful designs on the hands and gifts are exchanged, has its origins in the Bible.
Often henna was applied to the skin to celebrate different rites of passage. (I got information on this from Henna by Sienna.)
The groom’s family is from Morocco
and even though the bride’s family is originally from Eastern Europe, everyone joined in to celebrate.
The ceremony was held a week before the wedding. Close friends and family came to the bridegroom’s house. There was Moroccan food and desserts.
Jonnyand I weren’t going to put on these
traditional Moroccan clothes but then we said, we gotta do it. We can’t sit on the sidelines of life. So there you have it.
Meanwhile, we still have to celebrate. No matter what our situation is, we can find one thing to listen to, see, smell or touch to make it better. We can find someone who’s hurting and try to lift their spirits. We can do a small act of kindness anonymously.
No matter what. Despite everything. Or, because of everything.
At the ceremony, everyone got dressed in Moroccan clothes. The women lit candles and carried trays of sweets.
The crowd carried the bride and groom in a special chair.
And then the two families exchanged gifts and sweets.
Why is this a Tool for Tuesday? Because it proves that life is what we make it. I’m still working for peace and praying that there won’t be any more wars and hoping against hope that dialogue in the Middle East is still possible.
Gotta keep choosing life.