“How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron, running down
over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing,
life evermore.” (Psalm 133, NRSV)

Let there be peace, all over the earth.

Let there be a gathering down by the riverside, to sit and be close to the gentle flow of water.
Let there be a coming together, a laying down of busyness.
As the regular rhythm of oars pierce the water’s silver surface, as the white swans’ broad wings ride the currents of the air, may peace break through into this day.

Let there be a community of pilgrims, walking into this day, noticing the details of street and town, of park and hill, of pavement and path.
Let footsteps echo around the city, of friendship and faith.
Let there be an unlocking of the stories of those who felt they had nothing to say.
Let there be a listening and a caring, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Let there be peace, all over the earth.



(photo of London skyline taken along the way of the 30th Unlock London sponsored walk on Saturday 20th April 2013. The walk through Eltham in the borough of Greenwich went past the memorial to the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. Unlock is a charity that works with urban churches and their communities. http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/support_walk.php)