There are fewer true gentlemen (I like the French term "bonhomme"--it says it through the curtain of language) than my former colleague Eric. It was my privilege to serve with him as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Bethlehem from November 1 to December 31 of last year, providing protective presence to people under occupation and human rights monitoring. We have been doing public presentations in our respective countries since our return home.
We talk as little as possible about church and Palestine: Eric and Claire are on holidays, as are we from presentations. The events in Gaza are making the idea of holidays very difficult, as necessary as they are.
In the meantime, we are at play in the fields of the Lord, in gratitude.