A Prayer For Mankind
Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Prayer for Mankind
-Linda Lee Lyberg
Holding the butterfly in my hand
As I watch its wings unfurl
I pray for peace across the land
And no room for hate in this world.
Like the butterflies and birds
Living together in harmony
Instead of hurting with our words.
For words have tremendous power
To either hurt us or to heal
And now in these desperate hours
Actions with words do reveal.
We must not accept that hate
Will prevail in these troubled times
Rather, love can determine our fate
If we do not accept these crimes.
People are people no matter their color
Underneath we are all the same
I am your sister and you are my brother
And in this we are all to blame.
Please take this moment in time
And bow your head to pray
To stop these horrible crimes.
Linda Lee Lyberg