Prayers for the Fallen

Church News | Monday, 16 November 2015 |

By Joan

For the people of France.

For the people of France.

Within a couple of days of observing the two minutes silence for Armistice Day people in the UK were having to observe and pray for the many young and innocent people who were cut down by terrorists for no apparent reason in Paris, France. None of us could fail to feel uncomfortable when an atrocity is carried out virtually on our own doorstep, it could so easily have been in London.

At evening prayer we had read to us the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, reminding us that the very small can grow beyond all belief. Revd Carolyn quoted the words of the Dalai Lama who said that if every child of 8 was taught to meditate then the world would be at peace within a generation. However, as opposed to a mustard seed, yeast or meditation, Carolyn believes that if children were taught to pray, those small prayers would grow like the mustard seed into a world of peace and tolerance. Carolyn brought to our attention the fact that in such a secular country as France, people were only too ready and eager to offer their prayers and thoughts in public to the families and friends of those who have died. Revd Carolyn said that she believes that the smallest prayers for peace can and will grow beyond all belief.

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