During this season when we celebrate the promise of the Prince of Peace, our prayers rise up before God. We hope that, somehow, God’s peace may be realized in our time. We long to be peacemakers and peace builders. We realize our faith involves our hands and feet, as well as our minds and hearts. …
Praying for peace does not fall outside the bounds of our faith. We are still on the journey. But we know that God can always use a few more peacemakers in the world.
—Todd Outcalt, Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
—Isaiah 2:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Emmanuel, God who is with us, help me remember you are near every day of the year.
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