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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

One of the purposes for our trips to the reservation is to be instruments of peace. The history of tension between the U.S. and the Oglala Lakota Sioux are told in history books, though not always accurately. The stories of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Custer are the stuff of movies but even today the tension is there. You can feel it as surely as you can feel the 110 degree heat. For that reason we go as peacemakers and focus on building relationships with the Lakota. We are not there to change them, but to listen to them. There happens to be an old hymn in our hymnal that reflects my prayer for peace between us and the Lakota.

O May Thy Church Build Bridges, Lord

O may they church build bridges Lord
Across the wastes where men have warred
With stone on stone as fighting cease
And warfare yields to lasting peace

Forgiveness, justice, in each span
As man is reconciled to man
And enmity and hate and fear
Give way to love and hope and cheer

Lord let these bridges ever be
For rich and poor, from sea to sea
Across which man may still progress
And not destroy the world, but bless

O teach us thus to build for peace
And may our efforts never cease
Till nations press with one accord
Into the kingdom of our Lord


Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Peace to you, Amber

Kansas Bob said...

Nice message Amber. Peace, like bridges must be built ... they just don't happen.