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8 December 2023

By Kris Liddle of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth, and he shall be the one of peace.

Micah 5:2–5a

Most Gracious and Heavenly Creator,

May we find peace in the knowledge that you surround us through your Holy Spirit always. You, who are the maker and giver of all that is good, are our source of peace. May we find peace in the eyes of every child, in the eyes of every weathered face, in the eyes of those who are longing to know you, and those who are oppressed. May we find peace in the empty places and bring peace to bear your light to others in the dark, lonely parts of the world longing for your light to shine. In your Son’s most holy name we pray, Amen.

Prayer Phrase

“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Spiritual Practice

Praying for Peace

Praying for peace is a daily Community of Christ spiritual practice. This Advent season we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the prayer for peace. Bring a candle to your prayer space. Greet God, light the candle, and sit quietly, looking at this symbol of God’s light and Christ’s peace. Slowly read the Prayer for Peace in today’s Daily Bread, silently or aloud. Sit in silence again. What images and desires for peace come to your heart and mind? Speak or write your own prayer for peace. Close your prayer and blow out your candle.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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