Eighteenth Day of Advent
Thank you that your Son came to Earth as the Prince of Peace.
Let his presence in us turn us more and more into channels for and instruments of your peace.
The world is so full of violence that grows out of anger, fear, hatred, and vengeance; so many people are caught up in a cycle in which violence is responded to with violence. Help those of us who worship you, who follow your Son, and who are empowered by your Spirit to develop a spirit that leads us to a different and better way; help us to live lives that show the world what it means to respond to wrongs with forgiveness and to respond to evil with love.
Thank you that Jesus came to disrupt the cycle of vengeance and violence; help us to walk in his way and to continue his work for his sake, for our sake, and for the world’s sake …