When a tragedy on the scale of the terror attacks in Paris occurs, many of us struggle to know what we (individually) can do. It’s not uncommon for us to feel helpless, powerless and unable to make any significant contribution to the situation.
Ernest Holmes, author of The Science of Mind and founder of the movement known as Centers for Spiritual Living wrote “A Prayer for World Peace” many years ago. In this thoughtful prose, we find concrete answers to the question, “what can I do about this?”
A Prayer for World Peace
I know there is but One Mind, which is the mind of God, in which all people live and move and have their being.
I know there is a divine pattern for humanity and within this pattern there is infinite harmony and peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness.
I know that the mind of humankind, being one with the mind of God, shall discover the method, the way, and the means best fitted to permit the flow of Divine Love between individuals and nations.
Thus harmony, peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness are experienced by all.
I know there will be a free interchange of ideas, of cultures, of spiritual concepts, of ethics, of educational systems and scientific discoveries – for all good belongs to all alike.
I know that, because Divine Mind has created us all, we are bound together in one infinite and perfect unity.
I know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.
I know that deep within each person the Divine Pattern of perfect peace is already implanted.
I now declare that in each person and in leaders of thought everywhere this Divine Pattern moves into action and form, to the end that all nations and all people live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.
And so it is.
What can we do in response to an event that is tragic beyond words, far away and seemingly overwhelming in size and scope?
We can get up every day and “…know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.”
We can speak our Truth, and “…declare that in each person and in leaders of thought everywhere this Divine Pattern moves into action and form, to the end that all nations and all people live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.”
There IS something that each of us can do.
I invite you to add this to your daily meditation or spiritual practices. We CAN make a difference, one thought at a time.