The Tablet Jr. > Hopeful Peace Through Prayers
BY Kristina Gray Grade 8
Midwood Catholic Academy
Prayer can be described as a conversation with God. He is the best figure to speak to because he always listens to what you have to say. During the past few months, people have started praying more to cope and to feel better. People turn towards prayer and worship because God will listen to them and guide them during difficult times. For example, if your family member was sick, praying for them and having a conversation with God can bring one a sense of peace during a difficult time. Prayer is a great way to bring peace to others and yourself, as you can do it anywhere and at any time. Since the pandemic began in March 2020 and left us with an abundance of time, forced to stay inside, one can pray in the safety of your home without having to go outside, limiting the risk of getting you or others sick. Unfortunately, people can suddenly get sick with the virus; therefore, many people have prayed as much as possible to cope with the bad news. Prayer brings peace amongst those that may feel hopeless. There are endless stories of how prayer helped individuals cope through the pandemic when someone in their family tested positive. The news hit so many hard and couldn’t help but feel bad, mad, sad, and angry for a while. However, when they started to pray even more during that time of despair, it made them feel better about the situation. The work of prayer helped as soon as the next day, offering comfort, peace, and a sense of relief to put their anguish into God’s hands.
People also pray for comfort. They pray that this pandemic will finally end. It may end soon, too, because of what all the doctors are doing. They are trying their best to make the vaccine perfect for everyone. They work so hard every day. The media fills us with those that pray for the safety of the doctors and nurses. They spend most of their days working to help people. They risk their lives trying to help us because their being there gives them a higher chance of getting sick.
Many people have started praying more because of the pandemic and not just only because of their fears, but because they were able to stop and slow down from the outside rushed world. Those that would only pray when they went to church now found themselves having more time to build their relationship with God. While the closing of many churches is not ideal, it opened religious members of society’s eyes to be more in tune with their inner self.
Some may say the past was “simpler times” especially after the past year we went through. 2020 experiences included covid, political problems, and racism but that’s just a scratch on the surface to it was like many years ago. Many will argue that racism, sexism, and hate crime in general in America was far worse. We can appreciate how far we have come, but with all of that said, we still have to make changes to bring peace to all. In the past, people were fiercely judged by the color of their skin and seen as less than. Black people couldn’t use the same bathroom as white people or go to the same school or restaurant. However, historical peacemakers, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, and John Lennon come in. Out of the billions of people on earth, these people stepped up and helped out. They were the change agents that let their voices of peace be heard for those that were silenced. For example, Martin Luther King Jr wanted a world of equal rights and peace. He was the leader of the civil rights movement and from 1955 to the day of his death in 1968 he fought to make America equal. Another specific example of a peace hero who helped end slavery is Gandhi. He was the leader of nonviolent resistance to campaign for India’s independence from British rule. It is because of these heroic people- the world is a more peaceful and just place today.
There are also many people in the 2000s who not only helped bring peace but were recognized for their contributions and won Nobel Peace prizes. One example of a peace hero from this time period is President Obama, who was the 44th President of the United States. He was awarded a Nobel Peace prize for extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. Obama was an impressive peacemaker, who demonstrated multiple acts of compassion and diplomacy. One terrific act was creating Obama Care, which helped to provide health care to countless American citizens previously without it. Obama made huge advancements and made America a more peaceful place during his presidency while condemning acts of violence or hatred.
These are just a few peace heroes that made a difference. As a nation, we should turn to these people that laid the foundation of world peace one act at a time. While the current events can be daunting at times, it is a blessing to know there are many people that are great examples of how peace is possible from past to present. Thanks to these heroes and the future heroes to come, we are closer than ever to being free and living in a compassionate and peaceful world.