By Kenneth L. McLaughlin of Independence, Missouri, USA
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Lord, who views all people precious,
worthy, lovely in your sight,
who through mercy and compassion,
calls us forward into light.
We accept the great commission,
may we, strengthened by your power,
join with Christ in common purpose
serving nobly in this hour.
—"Lord, Who Views All People Precious,” Community of Christ Sings 637, stanza 1
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
All That Lives
Take a walk and find a tree where you can sit (or imagine walking and sitting beneath a tree). Lean against the tree and feel the texture of the bark. Listen to the wind move through the leaves. Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all that lives. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.
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.