Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Prayers for Peace

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi
Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simons Island
Photo by Linda McCloud+

With wars raging in many parts of the world, it is time once again to focus on praying for peace. On Monday evenings at Evening Prayer, this is the prayer for peace that I pray:

Most holy God,
the source of all good desires,
all right judgments, and all just works:
Give to us, your servants,
that peace which the world cannot give,
so that our minds may be fixed
on the doing of your will, and that we,
being delivered form the fear of all enemies,
may live in peace and quietness;
through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

And of course we think of the Prayer attributed to St. Francis:

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that
we are born to eternal life. Amen.

In peace,


The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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