Prayers for Paris

Created by @jean_jullien, posted on IG in response to the attacks.

Created by @jean_jullien, posted on IG in response to the attacks.

Friday November 13th. A day that will be etched in our memories for a lifetime. The massacres that occurred in and around Paris will be difficult to ever forget. Paris, the city of Love. Paris, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Paris, the iconic image of the Eiffel Tower that is known throughout the world. Paris, where my father was born and raised.

Gratitude Tip: Take a moment to feel anger and fear for what happened. But only a moment. Parisians have already stood up and refused to be held back by fear. The emotions of love, forgiveness and kindness are so much more powerful than anger and hatred. Giving into fear is letting the terrorists win.

#PrayforParis is all over social media. Today is a day for prayer. Pray for the innocent souls that are gone. Pray for their families who are shattered. Pray for the survivors who will have to find a way to forgive and move on. Pray for the emergency personnel who confronted the attackers. Pray for forgiveness. Pray for love to return to Paris. Pray for the terrorists – pray and send light to the darkest corners of the world. As we all know that the only way to diffuse darkness is with bright and shining light.

And be kind. Painting all people of a certain race or religion with the same brush is not getting us any closer to peace. ‘Be the change you want to see in this world.’ Gandhi. We cannot combat racism with racism. That’s not how it works. As Canadians especially, we are a country filled with people from different countries and who have different beliefs. Now is the time to get to know our friends and neighbours who are different, so that we can deepen our understanding and lessen our fears.

I understand that not everyone may agree with my opinions on this. And that’s ok. I will continue to #PrayforParis and pray for peace, love and understanding across the globe. We are a global consciousness. Ask yourself what side you are contributing to, the light or the dark?

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