Give me peace

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
A few people (multiplied by anxiety-addicted news media) are protesting the burial of the marathon bomber’s body here. It’s silly. He’s dead. He can do or be done no more dishonor. The tragedy is that we hang onto our anger and fear.

         “My peace I give you you.
         Do not let your hearts be troubled;
         do not let them be afraid.”
— John 14.27

Terrible things have happened.
         God, grant me acceptance.

People have been hurtful.
         Give me forgiveness.

I am not done being hurt by what has happened.
         Help me let go.

I also have done terrible things.
         Forgive me.

I am afraid of my own guilt.
         Heal me of my shame.

I want so desperately to be “good” that I need others to be “bad.”         
         Release me from judging.

I am angry because I feel powerless.
         Give me peace.

I am afraid of my vulnerability.
         Give me peace.

I am addicted to my fear and anger.
         Give me peace.

In fear, I desire more violence, that others bear my pain.
         Give me peace.

My anxiety, like a gun, makes me feel safe and powerful.
         Give me peace.

This world is in need of healing.
         Give me your peace, that I may be healing,
         for this alone is your desire.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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