Sunday, July 10, 2005

Peace: An Inside Job

Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us. Isaiah 26:12

Make me an instrument of Your peace. St. Francis of Assisi

War cannot stop terrorism. That is the way of "Caesar" not Jesus. Instead, let us begin to turn our hearts and minds toward God and peace.

Let us pray:

Dear God,

Peace is now.

Within my soul and mind, peace is now.

Gandhi said: "We must become the world we want to see."

Lord, I want to see peace reign everywhere in the world—between parent and child, neighbor and neighbor, country and country.

Let peace begin with me, God, here and now.

Show me the unrest in my soul
—and let Us resolve it, You and me.

Show me my hostilities so I clearly see them for what they are
—and let Us melt them, You and me.

Give me the work to do and I shall do it, under Your guidance and care.

Let this be true now:

—that I recognize and resolve all conflicts within me
—that I surrender my need to "be right"
—that I stop all criticism of myself and others
—that I choose love over fear
—that I choose forgiveness over hate
—that I cease all attack.

I am willing to forgive what feels unforgivable

I am willing to live my life aligned with You.

Plant the seed of peace within me, O God, and make it grow strong.

Make it grow strong for me, my family, my friends, my nation and the world.

I take responsibility for establishing peace in my life and peace in the world.

I declare there is peace in my time, Lord.

And it begins here, now and inside me.

The miracle is everywhere.
Thank You, Mighty Peacemaker.

And so it is.



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