Is it possible to turn from violence?
It is there in all of our interactions. As Dave says- plan A is usually to repay violence with violence. To take what injury we feel, and look to make someone else pay- either as an individual, or as a group.
I have been thinking about this in relation to the place of my work. Those people who treat me badly- whose interactions are characterised by hard, angry and overly rigid attitudes. Or at least it seems that way to me and those with whom I confide.
And I find myself carrying this violence into my own responses- it shapes the way that I defend, then set up my own small plans of violent resistance.
Sometimes I manage to carry the beatitudes into these interactions- not just outwardly, but actually in the way I think and feel. But not often.
So that is my prayer. To be Christlike.
To measure victory not in terms of overcoming by violence- but in overcoming by something far deeper- called (for want of a better word) love.
God grant me the serenity to not want to change the people that I want to change…