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4 December 2023

By Davy Jones of Marina, California, USA

…they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation…

Micah 4:1–3

All-knowing and all-seeing Creator,

In these times of constant upheaval, we lose sight of your mission for us. We are too often overwhelmed by the anger, hatred, suffering, and despair that bleeds into our lives. We feel helpless against the tide of hopelessness that threatens to wash us away. We forget our most powerful ally.

Peace, Lord, starts with you. When we remember to look first to you, we regain the serenity brought by your unconditional love for us. When we remember to think first of the ministry of your Son, we reflect your love like the sun, radiating outward to all whom we encounter. When we remember to live Christ’s mission, we bring peace to the conflicted, hope to the hopeless, relief to the oppressed, freedom to the imprisoned, and love to the forlorn.

The mission and ministry of Jesus were not only lessons by which we are to live our lives, but are the guide to how we can bring peace to our troubled world, one person at a time. We are the ministers of peace to our families, to our communities, to our nations, and to our planet. Help us remember our purpose and our mission. In the name of our most holy Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus, 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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