Gracious God, after the Resurrection Jesus bestowed upon the disciples the
gift of Peace by proclaiming “My Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give
to you.” Inspire us with that hope in the gift of shalom and salaam, the
gift of wholeness and the promise of your presence.
Give us wisdom to seek nonviolence as an answer to the violence of our
lives and world. Give us courage to seek wholeness in a fractured and divided
world, to find reconciliation rather than revenge, to interfere with the
madness of militarism and war.
May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness,
and a desire to see all people valued as created in your image. May we
and others receive your shalom and salaam, that we might be instruments of
your love. Blessed be your name forever. Amen.
by Rev. David Selzer