Learn to forgive and pray for peace

first_imgWe have heard grieving families cry out, “The killing must stop.” Yet, nothing much changes except to get worse.Others demonstrated their forgiving attitude for us. Within hours of the shooting deaths of five Amish schoolgirls in Lancaster, Pa., the Amish community forgave Charles Roberts, the killer; they also comforted his grieving family, set up a charitable fund for his children and grieved at his funeral.Despite the Amish example and cries of grieving families, our society spirals ever deeper into trouble. Since we can’t change “our bad situation,” I believe that our hope is in prayer for divine intervention. We need forgiving acts and prayers for peace. Prayers from your heart, in your own words, or mine. This peace prayer is a composite of the tenets and prayers of many faiths.Peace pray for all faiths: O God, fill me with thy peace that I may be an instrument of your love. May all humanity recognize their brotherhood and vanquish injustice, violence and war. Oh, Master, may peace and justice fill the earth, as the waters fill the sea, while your glory shines from all nations.Donna LagasseScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWalter “Neal” Brazelle [Dec. 9 letter] recently blamed Americans for “putting ourselves in a bad situation.” I agree with him. But I believe that we can heal our society with a different attitude. Namely, the same one shown by the Scheidt and Martuscello families of Schenectady as they faced the young men found guilty of the deaths of their family members. They faced the men, without ugly, revengeful comments, and hoped they would be better people.last_img read more