For the gift of shalom/salaam

Gracious God, after the Resurrection Jesus bestowed upon the disciples the
gift of Peace by proclaiming “My Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give
to you.”  Inspire us with that hope in the gift of shalom and salaam, the
gift of wholeness and the promise of your presence.

Give us wisdom to seek nonviolence as an answer to the violence of our
lives and world.  Give us courage to seek wholeness in a fractured and divided
world, to find reconciliation rather than revenge, to interfere with the
madness of militarism and war.

May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness,
and a desire to see all people valued as created in your image.  May we
and others receive your shalom and salaam, that we might be instruments of
your love.  Blessed be your name forever.  Amen.

by Rev. David Selzer 


One response to “For the gift of shalom/salaam

  1. This is Iraq 2.0

    We should absolutely NOT go to war with Syria.

    PS- Anyone who says cruise missle strikes are not war should ask if Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor was not war.

    President Obama is selling us the EXACT SAME policy of President Bush, namely that we be the Judge, Jury, and Executioner in the case for assad. We are good at executioner, but not good at judge and jury. just look at Iraq. And anyway, at this stage we need a policeman to separate the two sides in the civil war. THEN someone can be the judge and jury. Not before.

    If you look at Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc, we’re not good at being policeman either. Obama, just like Bush, is trying to sell us promises that the US government is not equipped to deliver.

    We should know better.

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