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Illuminated by Light

2 December 2023

By Jennifer Killpack of Raymore, Missouri, USA

…and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10

Gracious and loving God,
We are a unique collection of your beloved children.
We come from different backgrounds, with amazing skills and individual perspectives.
But we are more than that.
Around this room and in places around the world, we are your dedicated servants,
united in our desire to make your vision of peace—real.
On our best days, we breathe deeply of your Spirit and are knocked to our knees by the unfathomable love that pours from a lowly manger. Other days we are so full of ourselves we can’t squeeze our giant heads though the stable doors.
Thank you for this overwhelming love so freely given and forgive us for the days when we are not at our best.
As we continue traveling through this Advent season and beyond, we trust your Spirit goes before us and travels with us, lighting the way.
Let us be illuminated by your light from the inside out, sharing joy, hope, love and peace with all those we meet.
In the name of the One whose birth we celebrate this season. 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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