Pray that peace take root in our troubled world

August 12, 2014

Pray for Peace
pray-for-peace-all-religionsI must interrupt regularly scheduled programming because the world has gone mad once again and terrorists of all flavors are running rampant, many in the name of religion.

Children are being beheaded. People are being buried alive.  These barbarous acts are worse than we can imagine. I can not look at photographs or videos because they are so horrific.

And it’s even more awful that these atrocities are being committed in the name of religion.

I do not understand how people can do these terrible things.

When I think of the perpetrators I struggle with my strong beliefs that every life is sacred and that every act is part of a plan. It is a mighty struggle and only my strong faith carries me through.

The power of prayer is known. We can do so little, but we CAN do this one thing:

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Will you take a moment and pray for the world? Pray for peace. Pray for an end to violence. Pray for the victims. And pray that the perpetrators come into the light.

For all victims of atrocities in the name of religion, nation or in no name at all, we pray.

For all those who commit acts of violence; for those who hate others who are different from themselves, for those who take the life of another, we pray.

For young people whose lives have been taken too soon by violence, we pray.

For each of us reading this now, that we may learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God, we pray.

For the people of the world,  that we may be models of peace, teaching  young people by example how to resolve convict without harm, how to care for and respect all life , and how to reach out to others in love and peace, we pray.

Dear God:

Please bless the world and especially those who are living in strife and fear, whose lives are in danger.

Please send your angels to help those who are being harmed and bring them quickly into the light.

Please infuse those who are doing harm with peace and help them see the error of their ways so they may stop this terrible slaughter.

Please bring an end to strife, war, torture and killing.

On my wall

On my wall

Marianne Williamson’s Visualization for Peace (she shared this on Facebook this summer.)

See every member of ISIS, or any other terrorist organization, spiritually quarantined within a golden egg. The eggshell is made of titanium, and no malevolent thoughts can get past the eggshell to turn into manifest action. Meanwhile, within the eggshell a golden light pours onto the quarantined person, healing him or her and awakening them to the sanity of their true nature. May the Truth of Who We Really Are arise within every heart.

Thank you.  I hope you will share this on all your social media accounts.  Prayer counts.

54 comments on “Pray that peace take root in our troubled world
  1. Prayers being offered. Again.

  2. Ryder Ziebarth says:

    Thank you , Carol. Lovely to have such a poignant morning prayer to recite.

  3. PatU says:

    Who imagined there could be a group worse than the Taliban? the news clips about ISIS are beyond belief. We surely need some divine intervention.

  4. It is so sad, so devastating, and so overwhelming. Sometimes all we can do is hope, or pray, or BELIEVE.

  5. The sentiment in your post was going on in my head this morning. I’m horrified by what I see on the news each day. Prayer is a powerful tool, perhaps all we can do at this point. Thank you for putting this into words, reminding us all that prayer and positive energy in numbers can work.

  6. It is atrocious. I send a prayer up every time I see a news story, which is all the time it seems like. Thank you for the reminder.

  7. Nora says:

    It’s hard to imagine why some people are so rightous and feel that only they have the right answer and that they have to kill to prove it. Prayers for their victims.

  8. Thank you, Carol. I know prayer is the answer when I don’t know what other action to take. I’m so worried about the world my grandchildren will inherit.

  9. lizzy says:

    Love this prayer

  10. Praying, daily, and often hourly.

  11. I join you in praying, Carol… and thank you for sharing Marianne’s vision – thank you, that is powerful!

  12. Irene Soh says:

    Amen. Will be praying for the innocent. God, please be with them in this difficult period.

  13. sojourner says:

    Thank you for this post! The world has once again gone mad. I will join you in prayer and intention and will send reiki peace as well.

  14. I’ve never been so frightened in my life due to world events. Prayers up.

  15. Prayers sent to the wrongdoers so that may see the totality of their wickedness. Prayer for the victims and all who live in fear. Peace in a land of unrest will be restored when they see the evil in the acts they do. I pray they see this soon! May love replace hatred, as hatred is what they have in their hearts. May peacefulness replace fear, as no one should live in it. May compassion replace the need to hurt, and all should feel compassion. All these things I pray. May they see the light. Amen

  16. Diane says:

    Thank you, Carol! Praying always.

  17. Lana says:

    I pray everyday, but added this as well. If we could only get everyone to stop hating those that are different from them… I have shared this. Thanks for the reminder.

  18. Prayers, positive thoughts, healing vibes … the madness must stop.

  19. Ruth Curran says:

    Letting in the light feels harder these days — even for the glass is not just half full but overflowing crowd. I guess we have to believe that sending out and doing “good” will make a difference to someone.

  20. WendysHat says:

    Yes definitely! It is all so unimaginable and sickens me.

  21. Suzanne Gray says:

    The world has gone crazy it seems! I’ll do anything I can to help.

  22. Kimberly says:

    I join you in prayer, gf. (as my own blog post attests; see link). This is man’s mess…but our God is bigger than the evil sweeping through our world.

  23. Now that I have children I find I want to put my head in the sand and not look at what’s going on in the world. Sometimes it just seems overwhelming.

  24. Joyce says:

    I fear that all of this could be the start of WWIII. I’ve been especially worried about Israel and all of the attacks around the world as a result of Israel defending herself. Now ISIS steps in for another mideast conflict. Such a troubled part of the world that affects us all.

  25. Kathy says:

    I pray every day that these atrocities will stop. I like you cannot watch the videos or look at the photos.
    I love the Marianne Williamson prayer. I shared this with all my social media.
    Thanks for posting Carol

  26. Ellen Dolgen says:

    Thanks Carol. This was a beautiful way to begin the day.

  27. Mark Fine says:

    Amen and bless the innocent, the young, and the needy.

  28. Lisa Froman says:

    Beautiful. I just tweeted! I loved Marianne Williamson’s prayer visualization. Thank you; I will use it when I pray for this world. And I do pray for it.

  29. Jackie says:

    I’m not big on praying, but I’m all in on the power of collective thought. I’ve been thinking a lot about peace these days, let’s hope lots of other folks are, too.

    Great piece, Carol. As always, great piece.

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