A Prayer for Peace

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As anger over a Brexit betrayal grows in the UK – as others march in London in the name of Brexit when we did not ask them to march at all – and as the yellow vests rampage in Paris we can look closer to home these days as we pray for peace.

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and that You are not too distressed by political events at the moment. There will be a day soon when we can look back and realise that these days of anger and angst were days which we could only remember distantly. Time gives us perspective. It shows up the relevant and important and casts worldly aspirations in less a spotlight than we see them in at present.

What is relevant is not political alignment with Europe but our relationships with family and friends. What is important is how we conduct ourselves and how we make moral judgements.

Nonetheless we may look back at some violence in our country during these days if our elected representatives do not carry out the will of the people. That would be truly regrettable.

So, this week I offer You St Francis’ Prayer for Peace. It has been used at times in the past when this country was divided and was suffering after a similar period characterised by a lack of leadership.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

Amen

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