Over the past few days we have as a global family witnessed the attack in Nairobi, the facts of which and numbers affected are still not known at the time of my writing; and the attack on a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan where 85 people died as a the result of a suicide bombing. Many deaths have taken place and too much terror is occuring in other areas of our world as well. In July 2013 deaths in Iraq topped 1000 people. Figures from Syria suggest that 110,000 people have died so far in the war, with 6.8 million Syrians needing humanitarian assistance, 5 million displaced Syrians within their own country and 2 millions Syrian refugees outside their own country living in refugee camps.
Let us continue to hold peace before us, praying for God’s infinite loving mercy, for ourselves and all others, and hold firm, with our foundations in our varying faiths strongly bedded in the rock; that a suitable peaceful solution may be found to prevent these types of situations escalating further out of control and that all sides may be brought together in a spirit of reconciliation to prevent further death, destruction and terror.
Let us all pray for peace in our world, for all our sakes, for those living and those yet to be born. Because peace, always starts and ends with us individually and we each bear a responsibility for it. Forgiveness, blessing and mercy of, and for, ourselves first and then all others including those who make the decisions, those elected to represent us. Forgiveness, mercy and blessing may not seem on the surface like much…but be assured that they are the strongest forces we have at our disposal and neither wound nor harm anyone.
Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam. Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam. Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me. Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper. Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris. Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea. Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi. Asperges me hysopo, et mundabor: lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor. Auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam: et exsultabunt ossa humiliata. Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis: et omnes iniquitates meas dele. Cor mundum crea in me, Deus: et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis. Ne proiicias me a facie tua: et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me. Redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui: et spiritu principali confirma me. Docebo iniquos vias tuas: et impii ad te convertentur. Libera me de sanguinibus, Deus, Deus salutis meae: et exsultabit lingua mea justitiam tuam. Domine, labia mea aperies: et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam. Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium, dedissem utique: holocaustis non delectaberis. Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus: cor contritum, et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.