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Rushing Water

7 December 2023

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert…

Isaiah 35:6

Keeper of the great shalom, you carry such a broad and expansive universe on your shoulders yet make yourself known to us in this season of Advent and expectation for the coming Christ. Help us strive for peace like water rushing toward the ocean. As water brings life, allow peace to generate new life in us. As water carves new lands and patterns into being, allow peace to create new spaces in our lives and communities. As water flows to nourish many places unseen, allow peace to flow through us to create new bonds of life again. God, allow the birth of the Christ child to nourish us anew. Help us bring peace into the world, each and every day. 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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