A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Monday, January 9, 2012

Three Acts of Roadside Hospitality

We have arrived in Meknes after our long journey from Chefchaouen. While we spent most of our nights camping by the roadside, we did have a relatively luxurious break at a roadside hotel south of Ouezzane, and the next day, at the village of Oulad Bouteib, a young man named Ibrahim spoke to us in Spanish, inviting us to spend the night at his family's home. Ibrahim and I talked quite a lot about peace in the Middle East and he was happy to sign the petitions I carry with me. He also gave me a haircut, as he is a trained barber with work experience in Ceuta.  We spent an enjoyable evening with him and his family. The next day we were invited to have tea from a van alongside the road, not by Moroccans but by three westerners from France, the U.S., and Sweden. They were heading south to the desert but also had time to talk to us about the Middle East and to sign the petitions. Such acts of kindness keep us going!
Yesterday, after spending the night in an olive grove, we passed the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, then Moulay Idriss before arriving in Meknes to stay with Hassan and his family. Hassan is the man who saw us on the road several days ago and invited us to stay with him. He follows the progress of Morocco's 20th of February Movement, which I am having the privilege of learning all about.

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