Recognizing our need for true peace,
both with others and within our own selves,
let us confess those ways we have distanced ourselves from God.
how often we settle for a ‘glittery greeting card’ kind of peace,
or the worn-out kind of peace that lingers
when all the wrapping paper has been recycled
and the good-byes have been said.
But in our hearts, we long for something more,
a strong and lasting peace:
when families are reconciled,
when the world’s divisions are healed,
and human dignity is restored to all.
We dream of a peace to come
when all people will love mercy,
and walk humbly with you each day.
Heavenly One, forgive our tendency
to make this season about shopping for gifts
rather than the priceless gift of grace, peace, and reconciliation
you have already provided.
In your mercy, hear our prayers…
The peace of Christ surpasses our understanding;
receive it, celebrate it and live into it with joy!