Psalm 145, 17-21
Something to read
The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
To read the King James Version, click here
Something to think about
Whilst we proclaim the righteouness and faithfulness of God and believe in God’s closeness to all who suffer oppression and affliction we also proclaim God as the ultimate judge and part of our actions for justpeace have to be a repentent understanding that our human understandings of justice, wicked actions are not part of our calling. Followers of Christ have, wittingly and unwittingly, by design and through accident, caused suffering and perpetrated violence in the world and through history.
Today, in full knowledge of this history, the IEPC makes its Ecumenical Call for Peace. This is an historical moment on the journey towards justpeace and towards the abandonment of outdates justifications for violence and oppression. It is a moment, in this season of Pentecost, of revelation by the Holy Spirit. This call is to the churches and people of Good Will to turn from their ways of violence and embrace non-violent ways of love and forgiveness and mercy and justice.
It is a call to live intentionally, in solidarity – for we are stronger in this resolve together – commited to transforming conflict. This requires us to unlearn the habits that romanticise violence or money or power and see these as the inevitable sources of our redemption and instead to learn again, from the pattern of Jesus and a fresh awakening to the scriptures, of the love that surpasses all understanding; of the love that means the first words after death, spoken by Jesus, are ‘Do not be afraid’.
So that, as we live out this way of just peace, the name of God, so often often used to justifed acts of terror, oppression and violence will become what it truly is - the holy name of God, the source of sustenance, of sanctuary, of confidence and peace of which the angels sang: Glory to God and Peace on Earth. Let every creature praise God’s holy name for ever and ever.
Something to do
Read the Ecumenical Call for Peace.
Something to pray
How wonderful to live in world that studies war no more
How wonderful to tell of the faith of the peacemakers
How wonderful to speak of the might of the candle lit vigil
How wonderful the splendor of women standing together in solidarity
How wonderful to watch young and old living without fear
How wonderful when justice is done.
How wonderful to plant a tree.
How wonderful the peace prayers of your faithful people.
Today's contributor is Alison Swinfen, a member of the Iona Community