By Kent Parker of Independence, Missouri, USA
That which seeks to harden one human heart against another by constructing walls of fear and prejudice is not of God.
Creator of all, sustainer of each example of life; search us now we pray. Erase from our lives the extras that keep us from that peaceable existence that can only come about when we know that we are your creation. Light the fire of gentle peace within our souls, O God. Activate our desire to serve.
Call us to active peacemaking. Draw us out of our safe thoughts and enfolding beliefs into the service of the cause of peace. Enable us to bless that world which aches for the breath of life that comes about with our being near to you.
Let us look out over humanity and see the pervasive need that permeates the heart and soul of a world sublimated to avarice and greed. Encourage us to raise our hearts, voices, and hands against that which serves to humiliate and humble. Chide us to, as the song says, “guard each one’s dignity.” Wash us with the warmth of your love from whence comes your peace.
We are aware of our shortcomings, but we are also very aware of the shining light of the gifts with which you have graced our existence. Because you have loved us, O God, we will stand for you raising our own call for the peace of God to wash over this planet like a great embracing wave, washing into every home and place until all of creation acknowledges its creator. We will stand for peace until that great and glorious day when ALL shall say, “It is done. It is good.”
Amen and Amen.
“giving thanks to God…at all times and for everything” (Ephesians 5:20)
[Adapted from A 7-Day Guide to Gratitude by Diana Butler Bass]
Often, we feel we have to escape from everyday life to embrace the mysteries and blessings of God. But we don’t need to go far, we can look inside ourselves. The greatest gift is the one we most often take for granted: that we are alive. Take ten minutes today for silence. Sit somewhere you will not be disturbed and set a timer. Reflect on the words, “I am. We all are.”
What happened in the silence?
Did a sense of gratitude emerge in this exercise?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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