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The Sacred Trust of Making Peace

November 15, 2011

The poem “In Flanders Fields” speaks of our responsibility, our charge to keep faith with those who laid down their lives, and scatter the darkness as we let the light they have handed us shine. We have been given the gift of freedom at tremendous cost. Jesus said that from those to whom much has been given, much will be expected. The Parable of the Talents, today’s Gospel Reading, reminds us that all we have received is also a sacred trust from God. We have all been given gifts, abilities, and resources, and have the sacred trust to use them to make this a better world, to spread God’s reign of freedom, peace, and love.

An “International Prayer for Peace,” has made its way across the globe. I invite us now to commit ourselves afresh to the sacred trust of making peace, beginning by offering this prayer to the Lord together:

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. 

But we cannot merely pray to you for peace, O God, as if we are passive spectators in your world. We know that for our prayer to be genuine, we must dedicate ourselves to be a part of its fulfillment. Therefore we pray to you, O God, for the strength, determination, and commitment in love to move beyond mere wishing for an end to war to doing the active work that actually leads to the peace for which you long. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with us. In the Name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen.

(from my Remembrance Sunday reflection at our November 13 Services)

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