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Slaughter of the Innocents

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In our Lectionary readings for today we pray for the Innocents, slaughtered by King Herod, in the land that is now Israel.

PRAYER (traditional language)
We remember this day, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

There is nothing so maddening as to be helpless to intervene in the huge crush of political events among nations. On the other hand, we have been given this very powerful weapon – prayer – and the knowledge that God can do anything, and that he listens to our prayers, especially prayers for the weak, the helpless, women and children.

We can also raise our voices where it counts – to our governments – to say “this is wrong” and “this must be stopped.”

This is wrong. This must be stopped.

It is neither good nor right for bullies to impose their will on those with less power, just because they can. (That applies also to my own country.) It is not good for the victims – but it is also not good for the health of the bully! Countries where minority rights are not considered find themselves weakened from internal disorders, like a body eaten with cancer. If minorities can be likened to bacteria – a little bacterial makes us healthier and stronger. Tolerance of diversity makes us as nations healthier and stronger.

Don’t you wonder what might be accomplished if the Palestinians and Israelis could find some way to live together in peace?

December 29, 2008 - Posted by | Communication, Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Dharfur, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Spiritual | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. This post is a tag to all bloggers to post about the massacre

    Comment by Adrenaline | December 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. Though I’m sure you mean well, but to compare the Palistinian people with a bacterial problem seems to me an unfortunate description.
    Basicly these atrocities going on right now have no historical- or religion reason anymore. It was suppose to happen and so it did. Not any person can say that it came as a surprise. In that point of view ‘innocent people’ don’t excist. It’s a sad, but rational conclusion.

    Now, we’re pointing again; expecting a solution from politicians who so obviously have failed time after time. This doesn’t make sence to me.

    When will we realize that we have to make this change to a better world ourselves? No politician or God will make this choice for you. It’s our own responsibility.

    Reject violence. Start Peace Now.

    Comment by Marcel | December 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Adrenaline – it’s one thing to raise a cry about a massacre – it’s another to want the two to live together in peace and work for the common good. I believe it is possible.

    Marcel – I am not saying bacterial problem – I am saying that it is a we/they situation. I am saying that we have to get past our gut reactions and find other ways to do things. We can’t live without bacteria in our systems. It’s not a problem, it’s a recognition that we are symbiotic.

    Other than that, I agree with you – at some point, what happened happened, and we have to find a way to move on. They are all stuck right now; if they could try something new – like getting along, cooperating, working together – the dynamics could change. Currently, it is such a tragic waste.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2008 | Reply


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