I strive to be a person who effects, embodies, and lives toward eupan.
It is not easy.
I may, in fact, be a horrible model or example of it - and I am certainly no exemplar.
Today I am reminded of the reality that individual persons continue to perpetuate and extend violence in our world. In the name of justice, sometimes violence is effected.
I pray for many people; parishioners, kids, family members, criminals, students, administrators, politicians, sinners, saints, doctors, teachers, wives, husbands, addicts, lawyers - and the list could go on.
I strive to be a person who effects, embodies and lives toward eupan . . . but sometimes prayer is easier.
Praying for people is easy. Actually living out goodness, especially towards those who perpetuate and extend it, is much more difficult.
So, I pray.
I pray that God will help me to effect eupan.
Prayer is easier than embodiment.
Embodying goodness takes more work than prayer.
But, I will continue to pursue prayer - and embodied goodness by embodying forgiveness.
Today I am reminded that as hard as it is, both prayer and embodied forgiveness are better and easier than the pursuit of institutional disputations that perpetuate violence. I pray, especially, for the persons who are responsible for perpetuating violence. God be with you, God redeem you, and may God save us.
~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.