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Prayers and Readings for Peace

Lord of my darkness place
let in your light;
Lord of my greatest fear
let in your peace;

Lord of my most bitter shame
let in your grace;
Lord of my oldest grudge
let in your forgiveness

Lord of my deepest anger
let it out;
Lord of my loneliest moment
let in your presence;
Lord of my truest self – my all
let in your wholeness.

Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

For the peace of the whole world
I pray to you;
for those who are weary, sleepless and sad
I pray to you;
for rest and refreshment
I pray to you;

Guide me waking Lord
and guard me sleeping;
that awake I may watch with Christ
and asleep I may rest with peace. Amen.

Lord, I know
that however fearful I may be,
nothing can separate me from your love:
neither death, nor life,
angels, nor principalities,
things present, nor things to come,
evil powers, heights, depths,
nor anything else in all creation –
nothing can separate me from your love.

Based on Romans 8:31-39.

But now thus says the Lord,…

Do not be afraid,
for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name,
you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you;
When you walk through fire
You shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

…Do not be afraid, for I am with you;

Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.

From Isaiah 44.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

Though and army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the Lord,
that I will seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.

Psalm 27:1,3-5.

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there:
If I make my bed in the grave, you are there.

If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall hold me fast.

Psalm 139:7-10.