Pray For Paris
Our hearts are hurt for Paris and the nation of France. The images of horror are still fresh in all of our hearts. People all around the world are sending love to Paris, and we are asking the Holy Spirit to give us direction as we pray for the victims, ask God for grace, peace, and justice for all. As we look for ways to cope with the pain, it’s important to embrace opportunities to restore what the terrorists tried to destroy.
It’s easy to be mad and frightened right now, but when something like this happens, one thing that’s offered to us is an invitation to re-evaluate what our priorities are, who and what we value and appreciate, and also how we relate to the outside world. As a wave of sadness and compassion for the survivors touch our hearts, the greater becomes our desire to help. Our grief and compassion for the Paris victims speaks to the Father on our behalf. When we refuse to focus on anger and fear, we pray for God's great mercy and compassion to be poured out on those who have lost a family member, a friend, a colleague.
Compassion and empathy is a spiritual practice. We are invited to look at whether or not we stand strong in our faith, and look for strength from our spiritual source of energy, in order to continue to be faithful and not fearful. Any kind of prayer or meditation is a powerful spiritual practice. Our initial reactions to a tragedy like this can provide insight into some dimensions of our own spirituality. We can transform our lingering anger, despair and frustration into spiritual light. We can direct our outrage to connecting with others and stay connected with family and friends. Giving and getting support is one of the most important things we can do in our journey on Earth.
But how can we find comfort in times of tragedy? We can pour out our hearts to God, as God is our refuge. God wants to comfort us in tragedy. He is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. God is our protection and our strength. When we realise that life is impermanent, and fragile, we have no excuse but to live it fully and well. I believe that it’s not about making meaning out of tragedy; but it’s about making meaning in spite of tragedy.
We all desire to have a secure, predictable and peaceful world. But when terrorism strikes, we awaken to a new reality where lives were destroyed, hearts were shattered, hopes were dashed. We may feel helpless in the midst of terrorism, especially if we are far away or can't physically help, but we can light a candle and send our spiritual love by praying or meditating in order to send healing energy to the ones that needs it most:
Find a quiet place, light a candle, ask for support from the Higher Power and ask for healing energy to be sent to the people in France, specially those who were directly affected by the terrorists attacks.
Visualise a yellow, healing light showering everyone who was affected by it, and make a mental picture of positive images after that ( imagine everyone filled with love and positivity).
Thank the Holy Spirit for the healing energy and say amem. (This healing energy will also benefit you, because you have also surrounded yourself with love and positive energy).
We were created to feel emotions, but even when we are grieving, there is a peace and a strength that God's presence gives. Choose to embrace light despite of cruelty and negativity that we see every day in our world. Nurture your spiritually and ask God to give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow. Sending all our love and healing prayers to Paris.