As we come to the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, we who are disciples of the King of Peace, should pause for prayer – for the peace of the whole world and for the salvation of our souls.
Almighty God and Creator, You are the Father of all people on the earth. Guide, I pray, all the nations and their leaders in the ways of justice and peace. Protect us from the evils of injustice, prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war. Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and hatred. Teach us to cease the storing and using of implements of war. Lead us to find justice, peace and freedom. Unite us in the making and sharing of tools of peace against ignorance, poverty, disease and oppression. Grant that we may grow in harmony and friendship as brothers and sisters created in Your image, to Your honor and praise. Amen.
(My Orthodox Prayer Book, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Kindle Loc. 824-34)
Here is a thought on peace for Christians written by a 4th Century Christian whose identity is not certain, but today he is called Ambrosiaster by many scholars.
“By fearing God and not retaliating for offenses, a peaceable person can maintain peace with someone who hates peace. This would be overcoming evil with good, overcoming by gentleness a person who does not submit to the commands of the law. If it is possible, so far as it depends upon you, he says, so that by acting well they may display a love of peace.
You must try to be peaceable, as best you can, even if others do not love peace. If another person remains disrespectful and blasphemous, and so makes peace impossible, at least the failure will not be attributed to you… We are therefore prepared to be at peace with everyone, if it can be done. However, it can be impossible not through our fault but because others resist and refuse to abandon a conflict with us. So a peaceable person is one who does not harm others.” (Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators, Kindle Location 6132-38)
Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Everyone of us can wage war on terrorism by praying to God for the peace of the whole world, which includes peace in our hearts and minds.