I was going to make some political comments on the anniversary of the dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but decided not to. Instead I want to recommend people watch a couple of Japanese anime.
First is Barefoot Gen, a story written by a survivor of the destruction of Hiroshima.
Second is Grave of the Fireflies.
Nuclear weapons are weapons of terror, the use of such weapons is a war crime in every case. We must eliminate such weapons from earth, not build more.
Let us pray:
Blessed is our God, now and unto the ages of ages.
Blessed is our God, who grants us peace and is the source of all peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.
Loving God, you create and sustain all that is good and beautiful;
You give life to the earth.
You have called us to wholeness; to the fullness of life
But, as we gather here, we are conscious of our brokenness
Both as persons and as communities.
We have heard the cries for justice and peace
From all the corners of the earth.
We are moved by the tears, the pain and the agonies
of millions around the world.
We sense the dark clouds of war that creep over us;
We sit in the shadow of death.
Help us to fall on our knees and to cry for that vision of unity
Without which we would perish.
Teach us not to deal with others falsely,
Saying “peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Grant us grace that we may walk
In the paths of righteousness.
Bring us to yourself, that our hearts and minds
May discern the way of peace shown by your son.
For you alone have been our help in ages past,
And you are our shelter in the years ahead.
(From "Prayers for Peace" from the World Council of Churches.)