June 11, 2014 | 01:55 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

Prayers for Peace

Praying for peace seems to be a more consistent prayer of mine lately. I heard that yesterday's shooting at Reynolds High School marks the 74th school shooting since Sandy Hook. My heart breaks at this news. Around the world the Nigerian Girls are still missing, Ukraine continues to be in a vulnerable situation, and words like "friendly fire" make their way into our vocabulary. 

The words of Christ call to us "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." (Matthew 5:9) Sometimes these situations seem so overwhelming that I'm not sure what to do about them. So I turn to God in prayer over and over again. I know many of you, also, find your prayer life continues to reflect prayers of peace. I recently discovered this prayer from St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and want to pass this along to others. Perhaps you will find this to be enriching in your prayers today, too. 

God of life,
Every act of violence in our world,
between myself and another,
destroys a part of your creation. 

Stir in my heart
a renewed sense of reverence
for all life. 

Give me the vision to recognise your spirit
in every human being,
however they behave towards me. 

Make possible the impossible
by cultivating in me
the fertile seed of healing love. 

May I play my part in breaking the cycle of violence
by realising that
peace begins with me.  Amen.