On Memorial Day we paused as a nation, to remember the sacrifices of those who stand and fight for peace, and sometimes give the ultimate sacrifice. As we read or listen to the news we may have reason to wonder how it is that there is still so much evil, prejudice and injustice in the world. The list of recent woes grows long: Ferguson, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Cleveland to name a few. Police officers, some of the best, die senselessly. In Nigeria Muslims and Christians slaughter each other and ISIS continue its rule of senseless terror.
We cry out for peace. A peace in which there is unity, respect and mercy. But this will happen only when each of us realize that peace must begin with us. God calls us all to be peacemakers and to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”.(Micah 6:8).
This prayer is attributed to Francis of Assisi. Though written long ago it is appropriate for a time such as this:
Lord make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much
to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning hat we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.