Memorial Day Reminds Us to Work for Peace

By Pamela Prime —

This Memorial Day is once again a significant and special day to remember our soldiers who have offered their lives for our well-being and the well-being of the world. As our soldiers continue to be sent to the Middle East and elsewhere, we must continue to support them with our love and our prayers regardless of how we feel about war.

I have a friend, Dr. John, who is now in Afghanistan. He is an orthopedic surgeon who has given seven months of his life to support the healing of our soldiers through surgery but also through his love. I pray for his safe return and in gratitude for his gracious gift.

There is an enormous grass covered hill in the town of Lafayette, California, which is covered with hundreds and hundreds of white crosses, one for each soldier who has given his or her life for us. I weep when I see this hill and all of the crosses knowing that more soldiers are dying every day.

For me, the crosses represent not only our soldiers but soldiers all over the world who are fighting and dying for peace. They represent the thousands of mothers and fathers, wives, husbands and children who mourn the loss of their loved ones.  They represent the soldiers who are wounded, and the soldiers who, in the name of freedom, must wound and kill others. They represent enormous pain and suffering.

Amidst my tears, I begin to pray and I pray first of all for the soldiers who have died and their families and then I pray for the soldiers who are still at war. I pray for their safe return home.

But the greatest part of my prayer is always that we find a place in our hearts to love and care for one another so there would be no more war…….no more war in our hearts, our homes, our places of worship, and our? governments . It seems like a fairy tale to imagine a world at peace, but if we can not imagine a world at peace, it will never happen.

Let’s together work for peace in whatever way we are naturally drawn and let us trust the presence of a great universal love that weaves us together as one, who some call God. Let us seek peace, first of all, in our hearts.

Reach Pamela Prime through her websites, www.twobearsdancing.org and www.whenthemoonisdark.com.

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Pamela Prime is a mother and a grandmother and lives in Twain Harte and San Francisco. She and her husband have a small retreat with three guest houses in Twain Harte, called Two Bears Dancing! Pamela is a Spiritual Director, an educator and a writer. She has a master’s degree in Systematic Theology from The Graduate School of Theology in Berkeley. Her first book “When the Moon is Dark We can See the Stars” was published in 2008. It is the story of how faith can hold us in our suffering, awaken us, and bring us into deeper awarenesses of God’s love and guidance. Pamela has a 4-month-old daughter who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She also has a son who at the age of 16, committed suicide. To reach Pamela or learn more about her book, visit www.whenthemoonisdark.com. Pamela was a guest on the radio show Healing the Grieving Heart and discussed Finding Peace and Light After Loss with hosts, Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley. To listen to this show, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley051409.mp3

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