Messages of Hope

We pray for peace!

Published / by Peter

“I No Longer Pray For Peace”
On the edge of war, one foot already in,
I no longer pray for peace:
I pray for miracles.
I pray that stone hearts will turn
to tenderheartedness,
and evil intentions will turn
to mercifulness,
and all the soldiers already deployed
will be snatched out of harm’s way,
and the whole world will be
astounded onto its knees.
I pray that all the “God talk”
will take bones,
and stand up and shed
its cloak of faithlessness,
and walk again in its powerful truth.
I pray that the whole world might
sit down together and share
its bread and its wine.
Some say there is no hope,
but then I’ve always applauded the holy fools
who never seem to give up on
the scandalousness of our faith:
that we are loved by God……
that we can truly love one another.
I no longer pray for peace:
I pray for miracles.
(A poem by Ann Weems)


Freedom can survive in the most trying of times, but it can only thrive and grow when we are connected in love to all that we are in relationship with. Generosity grows freedom. Taking care of others opens the pathways to being taken care of, which gives you the real power to choose. Freedom shines when we tap into our fundamental connectedness.

This is why collective forms of organizing our communities, such as functional democracy or communal and tribal systems, are the only true way forward. Dictatorships, autocracies and oligarchy are simply unsustainable and require ever increasing forms of violence to uphold. Hierarchies in general are a zero sum game. They consistently crumble under the connected reality of life.

Freedom will never be the easiest way forward, at least in the context we currently define as easy. It will never make the most quick money or be the fastest way from point A to B because balance takes time and intention. Freedom is a messy dance of giving and taking. It doesn’t make kings, it only makes saints.

Read more…   Freedom is not a choice, by Kathryn Dickel

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