Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Let me say at the outset that this is not a political website, rather it is one devoted to Christian reflections. However as Christians we are called to make a stand against evil where or whenever it rears its ugly head. The evil, in the form of one race asserting its supremacy over another, that we witnessed at Charlottesville over the weekend demands that we make a stand.
As a simple but, I believe, powerful response I invite you all to join together with me, please at 12 noon on Thursday 17 August 2017 to pray the prayer attributed to St Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me a channel of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt faith;
Where there is despair hope;
Where there is darkness light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
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.
Please also invite as many of your family, relatives and friends to join with us for Jesus said: ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ Matthew 18:20 NIV
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years