Prayers for Peace by Judy Brutz
Lord, the world's turmoil and violence with the great threats of escalation are overwhelming. How may the Civil Rights Movement bring us light and hope? Night is here, only you may fill our hearts with peace and love. Only you may heal and comfort. And only your Spirit can inspire reconciliation, nonviolence and universal community building. Don't abandon us. Stay close; hold us in your love. Amen
Our hearts cry out, let there be peace. Dear Lord, save us from war. Night is here, we can only turn to you. Hold us in your love. Fill us with your peace. Call forth the nations to peace, reconciliation and global community, we ask. We bless you and thank you for the gift of life. Amen
All the earth cries out, Beloved One, may your peace and reconciliation quiet the madness of this world. Night is with us, enfold us in your love, and forgive our crimes against your creation. Fill us with your peace and gentleness, hope and joy. Thank you for your blessings and in not giving up on us. Amen
Beloved Reconciler, you call us to love our enemies and to forgive. Night has fallen, please hold us close, strengthen us with your love that we may walk in love and peace regardless of what faces us. Radiate your love to the whole world. Move the leaders to lay down their warfare. We ask in your name. Amen
The Sabbath draws to a close, Holy One. Thank you for the blessings of worship, fellowship and your bountiful creation. We are renewed in hope and strengthened in following you. Night surrounds us, comfort, heal and hold us in your love. Still the warcries and bring enemies to making peace. Amen
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. What laws in our justice system prevent righteousness and justice? George not guilty but not innocent. Trayvon unarmed and dead. My heart goes out to all. Please Loving God, comfort, heal and reach the hearts of all those concerned. Guide us with your wisdom and convert our hearts. Help us to undo the Stand Alone Laws.
Beloved One, hold me close this night,
Comfort, heal, and fill me with your peace.
Weave your love into a blanket
that I may wrap myself in.
Forgive my trespasses as I also forgive.
When morning dawns,
guide me and protect me from all harm.
Your kingdom is the welcoming community you create for all people.
Your power strengthens me to live according to your will.
All glory belongs to you.
Thank you for loving and giving me hope for a new day.
Anne Belford (not her real name) told me her story. As a child her father continually abused her. She had younger siblings and said that she “took it” from her father so the younger ones wouldn’t get hurt. Now as an adult with a son, she wanted to know how to parent him. She wanted help with her flashbacks. She questioned whether she should now confront her dad. She questioned her spiritual beliefs.
We started with self affirmations:
· I am worthy of love.
· I am a good person.
· I am a caring Mother.
· I love myself.
She made up her own list. I encouraged her to journal her feelings, experiences, and dreams. Deciding to become creative, she took up knitting. In driving to my office she passed a church that had a changeable sign in front with statements and scriptures such as “God is Love.” We talked about the statements and what they meant to her. Over time she was able to claim her beliefs and took her son to a church close to where they lived. As an RN, she wanted more challenge in her work and was appointed the Infectious Disease Control Officer at a hospital. Thankful for blessings of healing.
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