Posts Tagged ‘peace’

July 4th, 2022

July 4, 2022

Lord we thank you for our freedom and your many gifts.

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain.*

We thank you for opportunities to grow and for a prosperous land. Help us to share so that all might thrive.

For purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plain.

We thank you for the beauty and abundance with which we are surrounded. Let it inspire and encourage us to reach out to others and share your love.

America, America, God shed his grace on thee.

We thank you for your forgiveness and mercy. May we extend that to others, forsaking tribalism, factionalism, and hyper-partisanship. Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 3:26-29).

And crowned thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

We thank you Lord for the many diverse peoples that make up our country. May we see the richness of your creation in this diversity and resist those who would exploit our differences and sow division.

Help us Lord to use our freedoms wisely, overcoming evil with good and serving one another with love. (Romans 12:21; Galatians 5:13).

Guide us towards peace, O Lord.

Amen

*italicized lines from the hymn America The Beautiful

Other July 4 Posts:

Freedom, 2021

Preserving Our Liberties, 2020

Pray For Our Country, 2015

Freedom From Fear, 2013

Easter 2022

April 18, 2022

He has risen

giving us hope

that we too can love sacrificially,

strengthen our communities,

pursue justice, and

survive oppression,

together.

Hope

that we can change the world for our children – all children.

Hope

that they might thrive, finding

food, water, shelter, and opportunities to use the talents God gave them,

together.

Hope

that we might move towards love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,

and away from the politics of power and control.

He has risen.

Alleluia!

Amen

Christmas 2021

December 25, 2021

The light shines in the darkness.

Help us to see.

To understand.

To share your truth.

To act in love.

To pursue peace.

Our hope is in that light.

The light shines through the darkness.

Amen

Advent 2021 Week 2

December 9, 2021

Help us find peace O Lord.

Peace within us.

Peace among us.

Peace through us.

Guide us with your vision.

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the yearling together, and a little child will lead them . . .

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Is. 11:6-9).

Amen.

Freedom

July 4, 2021

On this 4th of July Lord help us pause and see how much we have to lose if we lose our democracy.

Move us away from the resentments, and divisions that enable the slow creep of autocracy.

May we recognize how much we use our shared freedoms of thought, expression, and association, and the vibrancy those lend to our communities.

Help us protect these for both ourselves and others, slowing the corrosive attacks on views that differ from our own, and challenging appeals to hate and fear.

For the growth of tyranny in its many forms will eventually threaten even those of us who enjoy quiet neighborhoods, regular schedules, good food, and adequate pay.

Without change, even we will some day awake and look at the wreckage and wonder, how did we go astray?

O Lord, do not abandon us to our sinful ways.

Awaken us, guide us, and help us to be better than we are.

Amen.

God Is Our Refuge

May 10, 2021

Today’s prayer borrows from Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, even as the very foundations of our democracy come under attack, and the political norms that gird our Constitution are threatened in the swelling waves of extreme partisanship and disinformation.

We will not fear for we know that God is with us, and the truth will someday set us free to pursue His paths of justice and peace.

Amen

Caring For Our Kids

May 2, 2021

Bless our children Lord.

When we were expecting, the doctor told us, “a child is God’s way of saying the world must go on.”

Help us change Lord, for their sake.

Protect them from a legacy of fear, hate, and resentment.

Instead let them know joy, peace, and opportunity.

Help them love and be loved by their fellow citizens.

Give us all hope.

Help us change Lord, that our children might more fully live.

Amen

Bearing Fruit

April 18, 2021

Galatians 5:22-26

Help us Lord bear the fruit of your Spirit,

love and joy,

free us from our hate and fear;

peace,

heal our anger and resentment;

patience, kindness, and goodness,

may we see and nurture the goodness embedded in all your children;

faithfulness,

let your command to love our neighbor as ourselves guide our way;

gentleness,

may we forgive ourselves and others as we move forward;

self-control,

may we think harder, choose our words more carefully, listen well, and act wisely.

Help us bear fruit O Lord.

Amen

Wisdom of the Lord

April 11, 2021

Today’s prayer is adapted from Psalm 15.

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?

He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart

and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,

who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word even when it hurts,

he does not take unfair advantage of those in need, and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.

Lord help us to find hope in your word, and to choose leaders who follow your path of humility, wisdom and peace.

Amen

Palm Sunday 2021

March 28, 2021

Today’s prayer is adapted from Ps. 5:4-12; See also Luke 19:41-44

Forgive us Lord when we fail to see the path to peace and follow those who lead with false promises.

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their hearts are filled with destruction.

And we follow at our peril for you are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.

You destroy all who tell lies.

Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, because they falsely claim your name.

Shield us Lord, and retrieve those who have gone astray. Lead us in your better way that we may avoid the fate of Jerusalem.

Amen