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Hello friends,               A Jewish Prayer
 Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles.
Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing.
Let there be moments when your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness the in which we walk.
Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns, unconsumed.
And we clay, touched by God, will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder,
“How filled with awe is this place and we did not know it.”
 This is a Jewish prayer from the book “My Grandfather’s Blessing” by Rachel Remen

Here is my friend Pilar who read the above prayer to begin my sharing ¨Making peace with Isis Nonviolently.¨ It was in the Mennonite Brethren Church in Aguas Blanca one of the poorest
neighborhoods in Cali, Colombia. Most of the people come from the country side to escape the violence, the fighting, and war going on there.
Pilar translates my letters into Spanish. Her push for me to come this year is a lot the reason I am here. She said “you have worked for peace and justice all these years, you have to be here when they sign the peace agreement,” which sadly they did not sign as was planned.

I challenged the church in the talk back, “Your part in bringing peace to Colombia is to create a society of peace by resolving conflicts with calm and without violence with your families and friends. A sister responded “that is very hard.” I answered, “Yes, but God will help us, he wants peace and Justice and he is more powerful than any of the guns.” I confronted many of groups with this challenge.
Say a prayer for them.
Thanks,

Jim

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About Jim Fitz

Life, some say, is a journey. If my journey had to be characterized by one word, that word would be peace.

Others have said the Journey of Life has both an inward and outward aspect.

The inward part of my Peace Journey has been life long - in part, a heritage from my religious upbringing in an historic peace church. Growing in faithfulness to a disciplined practice of time set aside daily for prayer, scripture and other inspired reading, and listening for God has been a part of my life for at least the last 30 years.

In 2003, my journey took a more outward turn toward following a call to a life of more full time peacemaking. Since then I have volunteered 2-3 months a year with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Colombia, South America . The presence of CPT gives protection from the threats of the paramilitaries and guerrillas to some 80 rural families. During the rest of each of those years, as invitations come, I have shared slide presentations about the work of CPT in Columbia, trying…