12th 12

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Lord we hold that verse up across Northern Ireland this weekend

Lord we are aware of the tension on our streets

This is a weekend that can kick off the push and shove

As allegiances to our different ideologies

That can clash with impatience

And drive our thran hearts towards sectarianism and hatred

The traditions of one culture, fine in themselves

Can be waved viciously in the faces of others

And others can seek to find offence for their own agendas

We are addicts to our generations old sectarianism

Lord forgive us

And Lord as you are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins

Purify us from all unrighteousness

Replace our human ideologies with holy pragmatism

By your Spirit make us good neighbours

Encourage us to hold our own cultures with conviction

But gently

Inspire us to be Christlike humble towards neighbour

To be respectful

May your grace be alive within us. 

Grace is a powerful attitude and posture

That will cause us to never parade or fly flags or light bonfires or put effigies on bonfires

That would offend our neighbours

May all of our leaders 




Bands and lodges


Be stoked by your grace in all the decisions that needs to me made

In fragile, alienated and tense neighbourhoods

Lord may your grace never be used to feed our own arrogant self righteousness

But always to make us humble and respectful lovers of neighbour.

Lord If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Lord may it be so



Jan Vierhout

I say Amen to this prayer. Also here in the Netherlands is prayed for today. The papers did published about the sensitivity this year is. Today I think of One. We have to carry each others.

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