Friday, August 11, 2006

a response to terrorism

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-from the Book of Common Prayer

He said to his disciples, "Why are you still afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

-mark 4:40

there's so much fear in the air. i refuse to live my life this way.


Jay said...

I agree. Hearing about this latest terrorist plot shook me. It lead me to pray for strength to follow Christ's way of faith and mercy in a world of fear.

WITWATW said...

"Most merciful God, friend and saviour, please help this world to rid itself of the obscenity of terrorism and of the greed and injustice which feeds its roots. In both affluent countries and in the impoverished ones, may your will be done.
Among those whose culture is influenced by Islam or Buddhism, or among those who have been taught by Hindu faith or Christianity, let the thirst for justice, compassion and peace prevail over fear and hatred and avarice.
Give us minds that are willing to be taught, goals that ban be reshaped, desires that are purged, and wills that are toughened to seek the good of all through loving means. This we can only do with your help. On you we cast our fate; through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Australian Prayers, B.Prewer

James Church said...


I was speaking to some young muslims yesterday and they were so full of anger. I don't think they were potential terrorists, I don't think they meant the things they were saying it seemed to me they were afraid. I think they were scared of a backlash against their community, but I didn't know how to calm their fears. I am praying that all Christian people will remain strong in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

geoff and sherry said...

hey james,
thanks for your comment here and on the ashram-books you will have noticed the ashram book blog never really went anywhere (it has been over a year since the last post!). i wanted to reply to your qstn over there about eschatology but couldn't track your email. shoot me a note at geoffandsherry@yahoodotcom and i'll write you back. btw are you going to greenbelt this year?

billy said...

This is one of my favorite prayers from the book of common prayer. It is one of the prayers used in my "daily office" book...never more relevant than here and now...