The aftermath of the horror of mass shootings in the night club in Orlando has prompted me to reblog this post I wrote after the Paris bombing last year. It is still just as relevant. Just the location and victims have changed.
Now more than ever, it is so important to focus our energies and thoughts on peace. The tragedy unfolding in Orlando has become the focus of attention for many of us across the world. Social media brings it vividly into our homes. Real horror. It is not some trumped up voyeuristic reality show designed to tease and titillate. It is intolerably sad. There is a huge outpouring of emotions – outrage, anger, hurt, grief, fear. The world is watching and following.
Let us galvanise the outpouring of emotions into positive action. Not revenge. Not retribution. Not more of the same horror inflicted on others in the belief that the vicious cycle of an ‘eye for an eye’ is somehow justified as a responsible and good thing to do. That it is the deserved consequence for acts of evil. Of course there should be consequences. Just not more of the same.
The intention for this post is that it will, in its own small way, contribute towards a momentum for change. That the world will transform. That we will all live in peace and harmony. That we will respect, celebrate and honour differences. Always.
Prayer for Peace
In the midst of darkness, let there be Light
May grief burdened hearts be soothed
May those who have suffered tragedy and loss
be protected, comforted and enfolded
in the everlasting arms of Unconditional Love.
May the guiding principles for prevailing justice
be Heart-centred and one that
honours, supports and respects
the universal values of peace, freedom, dignity,
responsibility and co-operation.
May all nations, all cultures, all races, all religions
and transform the world
into one that is founded on
Love, Peace and Harmony.
So be it. Thank you God.
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