Monday, January 5, 2009

Prayers for Peace spreading through the world

Some weeks ago I installed on this blog a little piece of coding that gives me a daily report on how many hits come to this little corner of etherspace. It shows what phrases or words are used on Google or other search engines to find it, and what cities or countries the hits are coming from. 

Here is where that information gets interesting: Last week, when the Israelis and Palestinians entered the latest phase of their war in Gaza, this blog got a huge number of hits from people looking for the "Jewish prayer for peace" that we did during our Day of of Prayers for Peace in December.

And here is where it gets more interesting: That same Jewish prayer was found by someone searching for it in India and, on the same day, by someone else searching for it in Pakistan. I would like to think it was a Muslim and a Hindu searching for peace through prayer, and maybe they found common ground in a tradition not their own.

Prayers are powerful, and prayers spread from people to people, across the boundaries of hate and violence. And that gives me hope, and fills me with gratitude for all those who participated in the Day of Prayers for Peace (all of the prayers from that day are posted HERE).

Here again is the Jewish prayer:

Jewish Prayer for Peace
Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign within its borders, health and happiness within its homes. Strengthen the bonds of friendship among the inhabitants of all lands, and may the love of Your name hallow every home and every heart. Blessed is the Eternal God, the Source of peace. AMEN

Gates of Prayer (Reformed Jewish), p. 695


Peter Carey said...

Jim, this is just just wonderful, who would have thought that trolling your blogfeed would give this kind of hope-filled information!

Just wonderful, I'm going to snag some of these prayers for use on my blog and here at school.

Peace to you in this New Year!


The Rev. James Richardson said...

Thanks Peter! And thanks for the mention on your blog.

PJ said...

Blogging can bring many people together just through an engine search. even though people don't comment they look and learn.

The Rev. James Richardson said...

Thanks PJ for sharing your thought and for reading this blog! Blessings to you.