Paper Birds: A relation to Russia and Ukraine War
"Did you hear about the bird campaign?" Nanno asked, pulling out colored paper from her backpack.
"Yeah, my mother told me about it. Here, I'll help you."
The two girls sat down and began folding paper birds. The birds were supposed to be doves- a symbol of peace-but it didn't matter that the kind they knew how to make were really cranes. They took square pieces of paper and made fold after fold.
The two girls weren't the only ones making paper birds. Thousands, perhaps millions, of Thai people had decided to help out. In the end they folded a total of 120 million birds and sent them in for the special campaign.
What were they going to do with 120 million paper birds? Soldiers loaded the birds aboard about 50 Thai Air Force planes. Then the planes took off to regions of war and conflict to "bomb" them with these symbols of peace.
The people in these regions looked up to see military planes flying birds overhead. They may have wondered what was going on. Suddenly birds started raining down upon them- millions and millions of paper birds. They were being bombed with peace and goodwill.
Wouldn't be great if there were no more wars, no more shootings, no more crimes- especially in Russia and Ukraine? Instead of seeing dead bodies, we can look upon beautiful and lively people. Instead of sorrows and pain, we can feel the warmness and happiness in their hearts. Instead of hatred, and quarrels among countries, we can see the togetherness among nations.
It was February 24, 2022 when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, igniting Europe's largest armed conflict since World War II. Despite being vastly outnumbered, Ukraine has mounted a strong defense, but Russian bombing and shelling have pounded Ukraine Cities, civilian casualties are increasing day by day, and the fighting has sparked a massive refugee crisis.
It is fascinating to see if our world were at peace. Although that won't happen until Jesus comes again, we can do our part in spreading peace and goodwill to those around us just like what the country of Thailand was doing.
Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."
Think about it. What can you do to bring peace at home, to your neighborhood, to your classroom, to your church?
All photos were edited by @Makikeno