A World of Woe

Why our dream for peace on earth remains a nightmare

The war goes on. Gas prices rise.
Katrina’s wake’s left angry “whys?”
And four years after terror struck
our nation reels in fear.

There’s tribal chaos and there’s AIDS.
In Africa the hues and shades
are colors paled by hopelessness
no spectrum’s ever known.

The homeless wander streets and parks
while hatred rules the human heart.
And peace on earth remains a dream
on which our nightmares feed.

O God, preserve us from despair.
Please listen to this heartfelt prayer
and show us something we can do
to slow the speed of pain.