Prayers for Peace
In this crazy political year we are reminded daily of the many issues facing us globally. The politicians, media and religious organizations are all involved. Tensions are high and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. As individuals we understand that there are only so many ways in which we can influence the behaviors of so many people to bring about calm and peaceful coexistence. One of those ways is to vote of course, to live our own lives peacefully, to help those directly around us, and to pray for peace. There are many different prayers for peace. I’m not an expert in all religions, but it seems that most well known religions have their own particular prayers for peace. There are Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu prayers for peace to name a few. The fact is that if the majority of our population desires and prays for peace we stand a better chance of having peace. After reading a number of prayers for peace from different religions I find that similar themes emerge which are to pray for peace within oneself and peace for all. Below are some excerpts from prayers for peace from different religions.
Christian: “…make me an instrument of your peace…It is in pardoning that we are pardoned”
Muslim: “…That we may know each other, Not that we may despise each other. … walk on the Earth in humility, And when we address them, we say ‘PEACE.’”
Jewish: “… that we may walk the paths of the Most High … Nations shall not lift up sword towards nation”
Buddhist: “May true peace of the heart Bring peace among all peoples of the world. … May I and all beings awaken together. “
Jain: “Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel Preached by all the Enlightened Ones… Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.”
Hindu: “Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace, peace, peace) unto all … And may your peace itself, bestow peace on all, And may that peace come to me also.”
What this tells me is that we all have more in common than not. Faith, love and forgiveness are what we all pray for and aspire to, so we should focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. A global prayer for peace could remind us all of what’s important.