Both sides seized on his story, especially his age, as a weapon-of-the-moment in the PR war to win over world opinion. (Sadly, suicide bombers are younger and younger, some even in their preteen years now.) Each side spun versions of Abdo's tale that blamed the other side for his tragic intent and near-tragic end.
It's natural and inevitable that the heavenly Father plants in every heart the seeds of hope and reconciliation. Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, it is natural for God's children to cultivate these seeds until they spring up into full flower. It's the nature of good to spread until one day it covers the whole ground. And not just hope and reconciliation. Things such as understanding, forgiveness, forbearance also come from the same divine source. They all proliferate. To know this is to pray. To cherish every proof of it, no matter how slight, is to help those prayers take root in daily experience.
Striking just the right balance between sentiment and insouciance, this slender, hip Christmas story recounts a semi-autobiographical story. The Shepherd is an affable preteen, chronically susceptible to pranks and immediately anxious about his little sister, the Angel, whose beloved but aged dog is dying. 2b1af7f3a8