Tuesday, June 20, 2006

For Thomas and Kristian

A prayer for comfort in times of war
by Susan Mark Landis


Creator of all that is good,

We mourn the deaths of the two service men captured in Iraq, as we mourn the pain and deaths of all your children who suffer the agony of war. Hold their families and friends close in their horror and despair. Comfort them.

Redeemer of our souls,

We recognize that each of us, and all of our families and friends, are caught in cycles of violence. Help us to learn your way of the cross. Your willing death taught us that the only way to stop the spiral of revenge is with undeserved love. Only your love for us can give us the strength to love others who have hurt and continue to hurt us.

Spirit of wisdom and truth,

Gather us together into a community of your love. Teach us your bold ways of justice and peace, so that we can bring healing and hope to this world reeking of sin and agony. Amen. From
PeaceSigns (Used with permission)

For Thomas and Kristian

If bombs could soften hearts
and IEDs each vengeful impulse shatter
scattering vendettas
like so many bits of thread


Then would the mangled tissue
of our common lives be rewoven
on an invisible loom
color contrasting against color
in tightly knotted strands

A cloak
to capture
the Father's loving warmth

_______________________

“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. And in that also I saw the infinite love of God; and I had great openings.” —George Fox

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post, it helped me see that we can't make peace, we can only be peaceful. I know this, but allways seem to forget.

    Peace

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