Start with the children…

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. Mahatma Ghandi

Meditation: Our children don’t listen as much to what we say, as to what they observe about us. Our children not only remember our words, but they remember how they felt in our presence. Peace begins with modeling relationships that are safe and respectful. Peace begins when children see their parents resolve differences without becoming violent. Peace begins when Youth experiences that our values match with how we act on a daily basis. If our children feel respected as unique individuals and not feel treated as extensions of ourselves, they begin to learn about peace and about justice. Our community needs to hold our children and Youth in high regard, as they are the future generation that will determine the fate of our planet. Today is the day for us adults to role model, to be present, to be available. Children and  Youth (even if they pretend not to) are like sponges. They absorb what they hear and witness, especially from us adults who are daily in their lives. This does not mean that we as adults have to be perfect. But it means that we are believable. It means that we apologize if our own behavior violates our belief and our values of peace and love.

Prayer: God, our society and our world are in upheaval. We are in a time of uncertainty with increasing threats of violence and with increasing injustice happening around us. Help us adults to uphold and role model the values of non-violence, justice, love, respect and protection of the vulnerable. Help us to embody for our children those values that bring about peace for future generations. Amen

The God of peace will soon crush the Adversary under your feet; the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:20




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