How Can I Conquer Hate?

I do apologize. Somehow I managed to totally mess up the formatting on this post. I have now, at least, got the poetry set up to look like a poems. Problem is that now it is all spread out and I cannot change that. Sorry. Janet

 

On my birthday, I woke up grateful for my life. In response, I wrote the following little poem:

Show me what I am God,

The gifts that make me, me.

Show me what I am God.

My gifts all come from thee.

Lead me in your Grace, God;

To share and bring great joy,

To be your blessing for each day,

 

To man and woman, girl and boy.

Since Sunday, my daily readings have encouraged me to repeat that little prayer poem, no matter what happens. One of those readings by Madeline L’Engle on the birth of Jesus offered me the following piece of wisdom: “Only the absurdity of love can break the bonds of hate.”

Putting these two together, I have decided that the best way to bring peace into our chaotic world is to fill our world so full of love that there is no longer any room for hate. What a wonderful goal. Of course, it means we must co-operate. We could never achieve such a goal alone. I offer the following prayer:

Loving and forgiving God,

I offer my love to the world.

Gather my love, and the love offered by others

To surround and fill the leaders of this world.

 

Loving and creating God,

I know it’s not too late.

My dream it is that you will use

Our gathered love to fill

This troubled world so full of love

There is no room for hate.

St. Paul tells us: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…(Galatians 6:9-10)

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