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Thought for the day
We have been looking at symbols all through these 30 days of prayer during Ramadan.
When visiting the Armenian quarter in Jerusalem a saw a tile of a church, a synagogue and a mosque next to each other.
It became a symbol of hope for me.
I also came across the word ‘coexist’, replacing the C, X and T with a crescent, a star of David and a cross.
At the time I had a deep concern about how the Abrahamic faiths could stop attacking and killing each other.
So many wars seemed to have religious dimensions to them.
One way to ‘coexist’ is to create mutual understanding by reading and reflecting on our sacred texts together.
This has taken many forms:
Meetings for better understanding
Holy book clubs
Various ways of reading our Scriptures together and building relationship through the stories of the Bible and Qur’an.
Prayer for the day
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Get hold of a copy of the new Grove booklet on storying Christian and Muslim faith together. Check out if there are any groups mentioned above near you.
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