Friday, January 23, 2015

this roller coaster

We have been waiting for DRC's Senate to vote on the lower house's passed bill that caused a national outcry on Monday, and it seems we've got it.

The Senate voted to pass the bill, but they dropped the census clause, meaning that they (Senate) will not require a census before the 2016 presidential election. The two chambers will still have to reconcile the two passed bills to place them into action, so we will wait to see what that entails for the country. (Story here.)

The streets are a bit calmer today. For that, we (in addition to thousands in our country and in DRC) are incredibly thankful. This does not mean the full conflict is over, as I am sure President Kabila has something else up his sleeve to try to delay his exit from the presidency. I don't believe he expected the Senate to deny this version of the bill, and I fear he will retaliate, as he has proven it is not out of his range to cajole, threaten, and bribe people to get his way. (See: An opinion piece regarding Kabila and this current situation.)

I have refrained from judging him without obtaining plenty of information, and even then I withheld my opinion of him for far too long. I think I know enough now. Our kids are being used as political pawns, as evidenced by the ever-changing reasons for the Exit Letter suspension, the blame-shifting, the replacements of government officials, the broken promises (They said the Exit Letter suspension could last "up to one year," yet we are still here 16 months later), and the DRC Congress' lack of attention to the issue or even the Family Code (for which I don't blame them...they are probably being forced to vote on this presidential issue first and foremost).

So there it is. We pray for DRC, for the people there, and for our children. We are thankful they will have a few days to recuperate from the drama and violence and replenish their resources, and we pray they are safe as later decisions are handed down. I pray that Kabila's heart is softened or broken so that he can see the inhumanity of withholding children from parents. I pray that the end of this ordeal would come into view. It would be more bearable if an end were in sight.

We are continually on a weary roller coaster ride, spinning 'round and 'round, upside down, lifted high with optimism and expectation, then dropped quickly to the deepest depths of sadness again and again. These are confusing times, and we often can't find the meaning in it.

In the end, though, our hope is in Jesus, who rides with us, sharing in our joys and bearing our burdens.