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A Prayer for Peacemakers
by June Mears Dreidger
Gracious God, Merciful God:
We praise and bless you as the creator of our world and of our universe. We praise you for your embodied love shown through Jesus Christ. We thank you for the birth of the Prince of Peace.
We praise and bless you as the merciful one. We thank you that your mercies are new every morning. We thank you that you love to offer mercy to us.
We confess our meanspiritedness toward others. We confess that our hearts are too small. And having small hearts limits our abilities to see and to hear others with attentive love. We cannot see the good in others, we cannot hear their voices longing for love. Have mercy on us, O God. Enlarge our hearts so that we may see with your eyes and hear with your ears.
Gracious God, Merciful God, we thank you for your forgiveness. We thank you again for your gracious and merciful heart.
We pray for the peacemakers around the world. Sustain them in their work. Give them energy and stamina to face conflict. We ask that you give them peace in their hearts and energy to their bodies. Help them to sleep. Remind them to hold their burdens lightly and to regularly, routinely, offer those burdens to you. Give them hope even when hope might look foolish. Comfort them in their sorrow. Let them see your loving, compassionate face. Remind them that they are co-creators with you for a peaceful, just-filled world.
Holy Spirit, wind of love, we praise and bless your merciful, gracious name. Let us proclaim that you are our God. We praise your holy name. Amen.
Originally appeared in the December 2007 issue of PeaceSigns.