Morija Festival 2012
Each year in late September or early October, the annual Morija Arts & Cultural Festival takes place.
Each year in late September or early October, the annual Morija Arts & Cultural Festival takes place. Lesotho experienced widespread political riots in 1998 which destroyed much of the capital’s business district, as well as shops in some smaller towns. In the aftermath, the Morija Museum & Archives came up with the idea of the festival as a means of bringing much-needed peace, unity and healing to the country. It is now a well-known annual event featuring arts & crafts, cultural performances, and many other attractions. Below are pictures giving you a taste of the 2012 edition of the festival. For more information about the festival, museum and Morija tourism, you can visit the website www.morija.co.ls.
The other day I was walking with my bible in hand and a stranger stopped me and said, “I’d like to ask you some questions about that book you are carrying.” After our discussion I started thinking about how we often pray for peace in the world or for communities or nations that are torn by strife, like Lesotho fourteen years ago. But how often do we pray for God’s peace for individuals? After all, communities and nations are made up of individuals and if they have no peace in their hearts, then a broader peace will prove to be elusive.
I’m sure there are those you know, like the stranger I recently met, who are searching or troubled or unsettled in some way, and lacking true peace. Many of the newsmakers that grab the headlines apparently lack this peace. But they could also be everyday folks like seatmates on a plane, someone you meet at a concert or festival, or even someone in the pew on Sunday morning.
As Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, 3“And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (4:7)
Yours in Christ,