December 4, 2021

Advent Peace

But Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.
Isaiah 45:17
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 levelling peaks.
Let us be disarmed and vulnerable,
for only through such open hands and hearts
can Emmanuel come.
 Edward Hays, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
 Matthew 13:43
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Grant me such a peace, Lord, that I desire nothing that comes at another's expense.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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