Bring peace to those people who are embroiled in civil strife and conflict; we think in these days especially of the people of South Sudan, of Syria, and of Ukraine. Move in the hearts of the people in those places—and in the hearts of the leaders on all sides—that they might grow toward knowing and pursuing grace, forgiveness, justice, and reconciliation.
Bless us also, O God, for even though we are not involved in a civil war, we are beset by division, tension, and strife. Help us to do the hard but necessary work of trying to understand each other, of trying to see others’ point of view, and of building and maintaining personal relationships with those who think and live differently than we do.
Let peace begin in us—but don’t let it end with us.