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Seeking Peace

Today's 60-second prayer from G. Glenn Atkins, D.D., LL.B. of Providence, R.I. in "God's Minute" follows a scriptural reference from John 14:27 - "My peace I give unto you".

"O Thou Who art the giver of every good and perfect gift, in Whose unfailing love we live and move and have our being, and without Whom we should be poor indeed, enable us, we beseech Thee, to discern even more clearly Thine abounding goodness to us, and as Thou hast made us rich in blessings, make us also rich in gratitude.  We praise Thee, our Father, for those revelations of Thy love with which we are most familiar, and which we are all too prone to forget;  for rising and setting suns, and the stars;  for clouds and winds and passing seasons;  for the outer light in which we walk serenely and dwell securely;  and the light within, the true light which witnesses to our oneness with Thee.  Wilt Thou help us reverently to interpret all our blessings in terms of Thy love.  We thank Thee for our friends and all that friendship has meant to us, and that we may think of ourselves as friends of Jesus Christ.  Wilt Thou help us also to understand what high obligations such friendship lays upon us.  We praise Thee for Thy gift of peace - that peace which the world cannot give nor take away, the peace of those who have found their sanctuary in the love and goodness of God.  Evermore give us this peace.  In His name, who came to bring us peace.  Amen."

Later during Morning Prayer from "The Little Book of Hours", Psalm 122 offered this:

'I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."  Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.  That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel.  There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  "May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels."  For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.'   

And finally, my own prayer I wrote this morning after some quiet time in reflection:

                                             Father God, come be near me.
                                       Christ my Savior, please sit with me.
                                          Holy Spirit, dwell within my heart.
           Blessed Trinity, instill thy peace in me, show my thy ways, and guide me always.
                                                                Amen.