Well as remembrance Sunday gets closer (next Sunday) and I need to prepare prayers for the Service in a church, I have come across Kate Composton prayer In Remembrance (I am sure she wouldn’t mind seeing it on this blog).
Hope though it might be useful to someone (even though I am not sure I had any visitor on this blog – mind you only my wife and one or two web illiterate people know about it. I will keep it a secret though for a while yet. I am not interested in celebrity status, or hits) who will work at next year’s remembrance Sunday prayer.
A prayer in remembrance
In remembrance of those –
through time, all over the world –
who have died in war,
we pray urgently today
that children, women and men
may become makers of peace.
We pray for children growing up
in violent surroundings
or thinking, talking and playing in warlike ways
God, give to our people a new challenge,
new way in which to test their strength
in sharing power and risking non-violence.
We pray for women who are silent
while their male partners engage
in any part of the business of war.
God, give to your people a new courage
to question accepted dogma,
and dream about the things that make for peace.
We pray for men brought up to believe
that might is manly – and for men who think otherwise
and so are labelled cowardly and weak.
God, give to your people a new determination
to struggle for justice and peace
instead of for ‘extra shares’ and superiority.
O God we pray for –
new awareness of the battlefield within us
new ways of challenging aggressive instincts
new thoughts-patterns, language and ideas
new appreciation of the world as one community
new methods of dialogue and negotiation
new attempts to befriend those different from ourselves
new visions, new love, new hope …
and new faith that the peace that passes understanding
can reach out from within us to embrace the world.
By Kate Compston