The tenth anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001 is fast approaching. In those ten years the world does not seem to have become more peaceful. Many have died in wars and in terrorist attacks. Many are mourning the loss of loved ones.
As Edmund Burke said: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ As Christians our response cannot be to throw our hands up in despair. Our response has to be to pray that the world will become a place of peace, of justice, of compassion, of mutual understanding. We also have to work where it’s in our power to bring about the change we would like to see in the world. Even if each of us were to change some small thing in our home, our workplace, our neighbourhood, we would make a difference. 2 billion Christians actively working to promote peace where they are has to make an impact.
Members of the Anglican community in Second Life have been encouraged to pray for peace this week. On Sunday at noon SLT we will meet together in the Cathedral to pray for peace together. We will use prayers from many faith traditions as part of our worship. If you can use voice and would like to read a prayer, please contact me as soon as possible. It would be wonderful to have voices from around the world heard as we pray for the world. Our community can embrace the whole of the globe in prayer.
Helene Milena – Lay Pastor