The world’s inflamed with war —
Neighbor against his neighbor,
Nations set upon nations,
Race divides, and riches. 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.
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.
May Jesus our guide
in heavy traffic
and full agendas
be the hope in our hearts today;
May the Spirit of truth
among voices of error
which clamor for clout
be the strength in our hearts today.
–Adapted from an ancient prayer
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Lord, as I read of life in the 1600s among oppressed peoples, I’m impressed again with what convenience, what ease, what pleasant blessings are ours. But still we murmur, still we fret, still we rush to and fro as if we lived in caves and had to kill our food fresh each day! Forgive us as we lay our hands upon our mouths.