Lord, as I celebrate the birth of Jesus, please make me an instrument of your peace. Please let this be the year that we begin to find peace together.
This is my prayer–for Christmas, for every day. So today, I wish you a peaceful Christmas, whether or not you share my faith. And I offer these, some of my favorite words of Christ, and I hope that, in return, my friends of other faiths will share their own holy texts of peace, that we may begin to see and seek what is best in all of us.
“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’” Luke 10:5
“As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!’” Luke 19:41-42a
“While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” Luke 24:36
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20:21
“Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20: 26
May it be so for us, children who long for a more peaceful world. Peace be with you!