Peace past understanding lead us in the changes we need in order to be able to learn to forgive, to make peace again and again in our lives and cease failing ourselves and each other by dwelling in resentment and rage. It was terrible enough to be violated before, to be hurt so deeply it becomes part of who we are. Peace past understanding help us learn to forgive that we may not dwell all our days with such hurt, that we may heal and live with hope, that we may heal and not hurt so many others because we have been so terribly injured. Anger may have helped us survive. Anger can be such a gift, and is the first signal flag that we do indeed matter, that we are indeed worthy of peace, of love, of hope, of living a laughing, generous, and grace-filled life. But it is a waystation, not a way of being, for too long in anger does more than fire us up to survive then thrive, but burns us and burns those around us to ashes. Peace past understanding, lead us and guide us in learning to forgive, and if we are already upon that path, aid us in learning more fully and completely to create hope and healing in this and every day. Amen.