By Marge Carson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Through the gospel of Christ a new community of tolerance, reconciliation, unity in diversity, and love is being born as a visible sign of the coming reign of God.
Let it begin with me—
Oh, the wonder it would bring
to know full peace ourselves,
to know the worth of it,
and share the worth of it to all the world.
Let peace in ripples flow,
from the thoughts, words, and actions
of all these who hear this prayer,
to spread throughout the world.
In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
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.