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Have Mercy


9 December 2023

By Violet Else of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Psalm 146:2

Our Eternal God, Creator, and Sustainer,

You alone are worthy to be praised. Unworthy as we are, we come to you this day on behalf of this war-torn world, and our need for peace.

Because of our lack of obedience to you and our lack of love for one another, we have created chaos on the beautiful planet Earth. We have done this even though created in your own image.

We marvel that you loved us so much that your Son came to be born for us, and then died for all that we might have eternal life. Knowing this we humbly ask for your divine intervention in the governments of the world that peace can come, according to your will. Nations war against nations and even brother against brother, and we seem unable to bring peace.

When with eyes we see, and with ears we hear, we wonder how we could be so uncaring. Loving God, have mercy upon your creatures for we acknowledge our dependence on You. We pray in the name of him who is our Savior and Mediator, even Jesus the Christ. 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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