Rituals provide a way to connect with the emergent truths contained in powerful narratives. Historically, mythical stories founded - and simultaneously reflected - the crux of community belief systems. The communities then employed rituals to connect with those stories (and the power contained within) through reenactment of important narrative events.
The journey toward peace in the Middle East has been a long, arduous, frustrating and unfruitful one. Recovering from old wounds appears impossible and centuries more of ongoing violence feels like a foregone conclusion. Still, the heart cries for peace, hope, and recovery.