Pursuing Peace

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Ps. 34:14

Lord, help us create more peace in our world — peace abroad, peace in our country, peace in our cities, peace in our families, peace within.

Help us to focus less on our individual rights and desires and more on our responsibilities to each other.

Help us to understand the complex systems that shape our lives, so that we might fight injustice at its roots, and not just fight over its effects.

Help us to be open to the pain and suffering around us, so that we might seek the common good as we move into the future.

Help us to forgive ourselves and others for both what was done and left undone in the past, while keeping in mind that those who do not remember or who refuse to consider the past are condemned to repeat it.

Help us to recognize and be grateful for the many gifts you have given, and to see the reflection of your image in those around us.

Help us to sort through the waves of information, emotion, and demands that sap our time and energy, so that we might focus on the path you would have us follow.

Help us to trust in you, and respond, when we hear your call to love others as you have loved us. (John 15:20)

Help us to find within ourselves, and share, the gift of peace you have given. (John 14:27).

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen

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