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Remembering September 11th

Peace as a Communal House that We Build Together

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By Glory E. Dharmaraj

“Peace like bread must be made daily.” –Bishop Bromley Oxnam

Metaphorically speaking, peace is a communal house that we build together. Everybody is welcome to the table. No one is excluded. The members of the household set priorities for day-to-day living and nurture perspectives on life as it unfolds right before their eyes. The wellbeing of the household hinges on the welfare, respect and acceptance of everyone who lives under that roof. They are well aware that when respect and acceptance retreat, tyranny and cruelty would advance. This seeding of the culture of peace is not just seasonal but a permanent rhythm of living, as they see each other and live with one another everyday.

As we observe the 12th Anniversary of 9/11, I am reminded of what Bishop Bromley Oxnam said so well at the wake of World War II: “Peace like bread must be made daily.”

Let us build a communal household by bringing our several gifts which would welcome not only members who look like us but also strangers and aliens who can find hope, comfort and refuge under the roof we call Home.

Let us pray for healing for all those traumatized by memories of violence.

Let us commit ourselves to recognizing things of peace and working for justice.

Prayer (the Prayer of St. Francis interspersed with the prayer of World Council of Churches):

One: Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love:
One: Where there is injury, pardon:
Where there is discord, union;

Many: God of life, lead us to justice and peace.
One: Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

Many: God of life, lead us to justice and peace.
One: Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

Many: God of life, lead us to justice and peace.
One: For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Many: God of life, lead us to justice and peace.

Glory E. Dharmaraj, Ph.D., is the executive for spiritual growth, United Methodist Women

Last Updated: 04/03/2014

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