God of All Ages, in these days filled with war, hunger, and devastation
we ask for your comfort and wisdom.
Forgive us for the ways we have become blinded by our own need for violence-
the ways we justify our appetite for death with your Word
the ways we create polarity by our own convictions
the ways we demand unanimity between even our own thoughts and feelings.
As we breathe a sigh of relief, help us also to breathe your grace.
For, the Way we are called to follow is in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace.
Inspire us to mercy –
mercy for ourselves as we show compassion to ourselves,
mercy for our neighbor as we offer hospitality to their reactions,
mercy for our enemies as we hope for justice and pray for reconciliation.
O great Creator God, breathe your life-breath across this time we are living.
Move in, around, and amongst us.
**I am happy for you to adapt, use, and circulate this prayer in meaningful ways. All I ask is that you let me know!