Daniel 1:1-2:23; 1 Peter 3:8-4:6; Psalm 119:65-80; Proverbs 28:14
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called, so that you might inherit a blessing,
For, “whoever would love life and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eye of the Lord is on the righteous
and His ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those
who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12
God calls us to peace wherever we are.
It begins first in our own hearts–
our hearts that are naturally inclined to evil,
to war against the Lord.
It starts with recalling God’s gift of peace
that was given to each of us in our Baptism,
where the Water and the Word
imparted something far greater
than our own inclinations,
where faith given by
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God’s nature born in us
gives hope for peace–
so we pray for this instrument of peace,
of faith in the One True God,
be used to shed abroad
the answer to the world’s ills
of violence, hatred, prejudice
May we share the peace
won for us by Christ on the Cross
with those who are need of a good word,
a lasting word of peace.
O Lord God, have mercy on our brothers and sisters in the community of Ferguson, MO. For those who know and love you, strengthen their faith and their witness to a peace that reigns in their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. May true peace come to those who do not yet know you as Lord and Savior. Bless us, wherever we are, to be your Ambassadors of peace, pointing to the Cross of Christ and His victory over sin, death and the devil. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.”