We are watching intently events in the world around us
Acts of violence
Wars of words
Conflicts over ideology
In which people try to listen to one another
But their words move past each other as if they were never heard
Or the desire for power and control prevents the possibility
Of mutual understanding.
Is this the world we want to see,
In which a lack of respectful dialogue
Or the absence of a forum for calm expression of personal views
Can lead to frustration
Or, ultimately, suffering and mourning?
What is the world we want to see?
We want to see a world in which
People will find a way to be
Peaceful and Non-judgmental
Kind and Helpful
Compassionate and balanced;
A world where we are accepting and kind
Generous and caring;
Where differences fall away in the face of the need to be
Embracing and considerate of everyone around us.
We want to see a world in which Your Oneness, O God,
in our oneness and unity,
where we acknowledge that there is a spark of You
In every person and in every corner of creation.
We want to see a world in which Your power of healing
will empower us to heal ourselves and family, friends, and neighbors
Wherever they may be
Who are in need of solace, support and comfort
Help us to use our words and our hearts
To make this world
A world that reflects Your love
And our hope.