We pray for peace, and in our prayer we know
That only Christ can give it — To him we go,
To him we point when others moan and sigh
And want the world to cease its conflicts, try
As it might in human councils. Lord, it takes
Conversion — how well we know — to put the brakes
On man’s agression. Use us as your agents
Of reconciliation, give us patience
To speak and point to Jesus as the way —
To call for our repentance, for comes the day
Of judgment, when every soul’s deep thought is bared
For your appraisal — when only the saints prepared
For the end will enter that city’s calm to share,
When we’ll experience the peace of answered prayer.
Where hatred screams, let peace prevail,
Where strife strikes blows, let love not fail;
Let faith hold fast and pass the test,
May we in hope believe the best.
Give us peace, O God, in life and death,
In work and rest, among the frenzied crowds;
Within us reign, our Lord, while we have breath,
While we await your coming in the clouds.
Calm is what I need today, faithful Lord and God. Slow down my mind, speed my hands, bring peace and joy to me and to all those around me.
Let Jesus’ word dwell richly in me. May gratitude well up from the heart and spill over in kind words and loving actions.
Help me see my responsibilities to others, be it in the home, in the body of Christ, or in the world, as opportunities to serve.
Remind me always of the privilege I have to pray. Teach me to pray. I want to pray about those things that concern you most.
Use me to pass on the faith to others. Even though they might not remember my name, may they remember the Name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord, give us peace of heart;
This earth is breaking apart.
Lord, give us a clear word
In a world where all is blurred.
Lord, give us truth to share,
To those who by falsehood swear. Continue reading
The world’s inflamed with war —
Neighbor against his neighbor,
Nations set upon nations,
Race divides, and riches. Continue reading
Let me not seek outside of you
what I can only find in you, O Lord.
Peace and rest, and joy and bliss,
which abide only in your abiding joy.
Lift up my soul above the weary round
of harassing thoughts to your eternal presence. Continue reading
When you are present, God of my life, every place is a sacred place, every hour a moment dedicated to your glory, every person a potential saint.
Be present with me, live within me, act and speak through me, reign ever over me. Continue reading
Give me not up, O God,
my heart is slow to believe,
my eyes have seen too much
of pain, of a jaded world
and I so quick to judge. Continue reading
Thank you, Lord, that our lives may be orderly in this chaotic world. You who brought order to the universe out of the emptiness and shapelessness of our earth bring and desire for us the peace and harmony that exists in heaven.
We praise you for making us creatures who need such orderliness, in order to function well in your realm.
Use us also to bring this same order, in which you reign, to those whose lives are upended by human passions and sins. For where you are, there peace is.
Give us a new spirit, O God, willing to risk for you, with the joy of life in our hearts and grace always upon our lips.
Let complaint not mar our day. Continue reading
Another day, another dawn
Of opportunity, old things
Have passed away; the passion of Christ
Enlivens the heart and lifts the spirit.
Praise belongs to the Prince of Peace,
Both honor and glory are yours, O God;
From sin you saved my wandering soul,
Salvation is mine, and victory’s assured.
Though freedoms are lost, and friends abandon,
With me remain the words of the Master,
With hope and peace as highest possessions,
The comfort of God my constant good.