for the victims of violence

Violence appears strong: it intimidates; it wounds; it destroys; it instils fear; it undermines; it screams; it demands; it provokes negative reactions; it kills.

And grace and love appear weak: they can be trampled underfoot; they can be ignored; they can be pushed around and taken advantage of; they can be shouted down; they can be ridiculed.

But violence cannot create unconditional loyalty; it cannot diffuse tension; it cannot calm down; it cannot relax someone; it cannot restore; it cannot build up; it cannot bring peace.

Only love and grace can do that.

Love and grace win in the end because they go to the core of a person’s being and inspire, bless, encourage, enhance, affirm, disarm, reconnect, and want the best for others. They bring about peace through the indomitable power of forgiveness.

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what’s God like?

After the brutal attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo yesterday I have an observation which is pertinent (I think) whatever faith (or non faith) you have:

If your God can’t laugh at himself and you feel the need to defend him (violently), perhaps he’s too small and you’re too big.

Be blessed, be a blessing

An image showing snapped pencils posted by artist Banksy
Image from Banksy