The opposite of terrorism is not calm or, security. The opposite of terrorism is courage.
The prayer above and the resource to the right, can be used as a responsive reading with friends, a church or can be used for personal prayer. It moved me to tears.
The quote above came from page 13 of this free Peace Sunday worship resource from Mennonite Central Committee Canada.
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I hope that the reading below is as encouraging to you as it was to me.
The opposite of terrorism is not calm or even security.
No, the opposite of terrorism is courage.
Courage to move forward in spite of fear.
Courage to create relationships in spite of barriers.
Courage to stand up for what is good, right and beautiful even when the clamour is to denounce, hate and tear down.
Jesus courageously met neighbours who others called unclean. Leader: Jesus courageously healed those who were social rejects. People: Jesus courageously taught things that were unpopular.
Help us to be courageous like Jesus.
Help us to trust that the Spirit of Jesus is with us, People: Even though the mountains shake,
Even though the waters roar and foam,
Even though people wish to harm us.
Help us to cultivate courage in the name of Christ. Help us to be still and know that you are God.
How does this prayer make you feel? Let me know in the comments and please point me to any valuable resources you have found like this.