Natural disasters. Civil unrest. In challenging times fear can be widespread. To help shift fear to faith, Silent Unity is inviting the world community to unite in prayer for 30 days by affirming the following prayer: The healing, harmonizing spirit of God is present in my life and all life. Peace, order, harmony, and well-being are restored.
The Redemption of Forgiveness
When you watch TV or read the newspapers, are you struck by how much they focus on punishment and revenge? About fighting hatred and fear with more hatred and fear? Yet the most profound stories ever told are ones about real redemption and forgiveness. They touch the heart and soul, and open us to the experience of God, to grace, in a way that nothing else can do, except of course in our own personal experience of this profound activity.
A few of us from Unity in the U.K. went to see Les Misérables at the cinema. I was a slightly reluctant viewer. I had never been to the live show as I understood it to be a very sad experience and indeed a lot of the film seemed to be very cruel, with a lot of sadness and pain. I saw a contagion of fear that dominated people's responses to each other, of course creating even more sadness, pain and ultimately death.
Yet as the story line went on, it became clear that it was so much more about redemption and forgiveness. How one deep act of forgiveness, where a very obvious human mistake was completely denied, revealed the real person underneath; and how this awakened the lead character to experience himself as someone who had a soul, who could make a difference, and indeed he did. The film explores the journey from hate and revenge to a true place of forgiveness, love, and peace.
It is a story that each of us can relate to. … If we choose to follow the path of redemption and forgiveness, (which is no easy thing when we are surrounded by people in fear, and have that fear inside us too,) we truly experience the grace of God as love and forgiveness, joy and peace; as complete freedom from who we think we are, to who we really are.
Toward the end of film we hear the words: "To love another is to see the face of God."
When we can truly look beyond the sins and mistakes we all make ("Let him who is without sin cast the first stone" John 8:7.) and see the real person within, as Jesus did—the real person who is looking for love just like we are—when we can be the expression of forgiveness, our hearts open wide and we really do see the face of God, and others see God in us.
Silent Unity would love to hear from you. Please share any thoughts, reflections, and blessings you received during the 30 Days of Fearless Living prayer initiative.
If you have a prayer request, please use the online form and it will be placed in our Prayer Vigil Chapel for 30 days of continuous prayer.