PRAYER FOR PEACE

Lord Jesus, we come to you in our need.
Create in us an awareness
of the massive forces
that threaten our world today.

And grant us a sense of urgency
to activate the forces of goodness, of justice,
of love and of peace.

Where there is armed conflict,
let us stretch our arms
to our brothers and sisters.

Where there is abundance,
let there be simple lifestyle and sharing.

Where there is poverty,
let there be dignified living
and constant striving for just structures.

Where there is selfish ambition,
let there be humble service.

Where there is injustice,
let there be atonement.

Where there is despair,
let there be hope in the good news.

Where there are wounds of division,
let there be unity and wholeness.

Help us to be committed
to the building of your kingdom.

Not seeking to be cared for but to care.
not expecting to be served
but to place ourselves in the service of others.

Not aspiring to be materially secure
but to place our security in your love.
teach us your spirit.
For it is only in loving imitation of you, Lord,
that we can discover
the healing springs of life
that will bring about new birth to our earth
and hope for the world.

Amen

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