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Advent, Day 9

It seems as though there is another terrible and tragic act of violence in our world each and every day.  This time of year is not immune to war or violence.  Sadly, no time is.  And yet, during Advent we imagine a reality, God's reality, that is different than the one we see and experience each day.  I enjoyed reading this prayer for peace today and hope you do as well.

Advent Peace Psalm

O Prince of Peace,
whose advent we seek in our lives,
come this day and show us
how to beat our swords into plowshares
tools of life instead of instruments of fear.
May your love strip us naked
of all weapons and strategies of conquest,
which are not the tools of lovers,
wise ones, and God's children.
Let us not lust for power
but rather strive for the insight
to be guided on the Way of Peace.
Let us not yearn for a victory 
that requires a sister's sorrow
or a brother's shamefaced defeat.
With tears, black suits and dresses,
and tolling funeral bells,
let us attend life's victory parties
that are won at such a cost.
Let us be Advent adventurers and peacemakers,
hammering swords into shovels,
filling holes and leveling peaks.
Let us be disarmed and vulnerable,
for only through such open hands and hearts
can Emmanuel come.

This was taken from the book, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim by Edward Hays.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 7:00 AM
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