But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me. —Psalm 131:2
God of our troubled hearts, God of our quiet souls:
We know the first step towards making peace in our world is to find peace in ourselves; but as we begin these twenty-five days of prayer, there is so much dis-ease in our world that it can be difficult to find such peace. Grant us the assurance of your steadfast embrace, no matter the condition of our spirits, so we may rest in the deep peace that comes from knowing we are your beloved children. Amen.
An important dimension of peacemaking is prayer—prayer for enemies, adversaries, opponents, or whomever we fear, find difficult, or wish would vanish from our lives.
God of those we love, God of those we struggle to find lovable:
Jesus instructed us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us; but it is difficult to pray for those who irritate us, challenge us, hold diametrically opposite world views from us. It is even harder to pray for those who have wounded us or harmed the ones we love. So today we offer this prayer for those for whom we find it difficult to pray: May the peace of the Lord be with you. And may your peace be with us as well. Amen.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. —John Muir
God of calm breezes, God of stormy seas:
You created the heavens and the earth and deemed them good, yet it in this time where wildfires and hurricanes bring devastation to so many in our nation, we acknowledge the ways that human activity has damaged the earth. As we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in harm’s way, we pray too for the wellbeing of all creation and we give thanks for the places and ways nature gives peace to our souls. Amen.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. —St. Francis
God of Brother Sun, God of Sister Moon and Stars:
So often we get pulled into a whirlwind of busyness of our own creation that we miss seeing the beauty of the world around us. As we remember your servant Francis, help us find time today to see with his eyes the wonder and awe in the world and show us the places where we are called to be instruments of your peace. Amen.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. —John 14:27
God of reassuring whispers, God of shouting in the wilderness:
We offer our gratitude for all those who bring peace to us and to our world. From the encouraging words of a friend that soothe our anxieties to those who spend their lives working to bring justice and peace to our communities, we ask your blessing for all the peacemakers. We also ask your blessing on all those who are looking for peace and struggle to find it. Today may they sense, even for a moment, the deep peace that only you give. Amen.