When arguments are brewing we don’t notice,
it seems that tension builds with every word,
we say things while not hearing one another,
like children in a playground, quite absurd!
It could have been a cosy Armageddon,
the words had seemed innocuous and bland,
yet hidden in each phrase, each idle sentence
were thoughts designed to undermine each stand.
If we could simply seek a gracious outcome
when others hurt and harass, fault or harm,
a look inspired by love could turn the tables,
could echo hidden need, befriend, disarm.
© Andrew Pratt 3/5/2019
We will not own the words of hate
that lead to horror, carnage, death;
our song is love and only love,
from now until our final breath.
We stand with those who share with us,
humanity and human grace,
and those who own a different way,
another heritage or face.
God, show us how to join our hands,
to value life, to share and pray,
until we break down walls of hate
embodying a different way.
Andrew Pratt 23/4/2019
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After the bombing of churches in Sri Lanka, at a time when inter-faith tension has a risk of increasing across the globe.