This year I have been fasting and praying for India, my country of birth and New Zealand, the country I have called home. The tragedy in Christchurch made me reach out to my own family and friends and reminded me how precious life is.
Tomorrow, as our heart continues to mourn and bless the families in Christchurch, let us also bless our own cities and pray for their governance. Let our hikoi (walk) be of aroha (love), compassion, empathy and manaakitanga(grace and blessing). Let nyah (justice) and peace be written on our hearts. Let us feed the hungry and clothe the poor. Let us comfort those who mourn and look after the widows and orphans. Let us live sacrificially. Let us be hope and light to those who are struggling.
Join me tomorrow for a day of fasting and prayer for healing and forgiveness. Pray for our leaders, especially for India as it goes into a historic election. I quote Rabindranath Tagore, my favourite poet:
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free. Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls. … Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action. In to that heaven of freedom, my father, let my countries(my addition) awake!”