May the Prince of Peace
“banish from human hearts
whatever might endanger peace.
May He transform them
into witnesses of
and brotherly love. . . .
May He enkindle the wills of all so that they
may overcome the barriers that divide,
cherish the bonds of mutual charity,
and pardon those who have done them wrong.
By virtue of His action,
may all peoples of the earth
become as brothers,
and may the most longed-for peace
blossom forth and reign
~Pope John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris
as quoted by Peggy Rosenthal in Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent Times
(Line breaks mine)
My dear friend, Deidra Riggs, has assembled a small group of friends who are following God to Ferguson, Missouri. They will spend this weekend loving, listening, and learning–and then they’ll write the stories. Yes, they’re #GoingThere. Literally. I’m guessing they’d all say they don’t know what they’re doing. But God does.
I can’t go there in body, but I am going in heart and spirit. I will be here while they go there, and I will be praying for
I will pray that God Himself will direct them to where they are to serve and who they are to speak to.
I will pray for traveling mercies and for safety on the streets.
I will pray that they will be Jesus with skin on,
that they will be able to crawl under skin where I can’t.
I will pray they will be very small and very quiet.
I will pray they can help us understand.
And I will pray for barriers to break down and for peace to fill the gaps.
Will you join me?
In the stillness,
Follow their stories here
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