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Lord God, help us make peace in our hearts. Banish all our anxiety, fear and anger. Cleanse our thoughts and inspire our deeds. Let the serenity we grow pour out into this world. Lord God, help us make peace in this world. Help us to love peace more than power. Kindle our hearts to seek peace in all situations. Give us eyes to see you beyond your manger, so that we can see you in all places of poverty. Give us minds to believe in peace beyond our idea of truth to find peace in the desert of our lives. Lord God, teach us the mysterious paths of peace. Teach us how it grows in witness to truth, how it moves in the presence of justice, how it thrives in the arms of love. Keep us peaceful during this season of unfettered busyness so we can prepare for you, our Prince of Peace. Bless the soldiers who are at war and those who are wounded and all their families. Bless all the civilians at war and in harm's way. Forgive us the violence we have inflicted on ourselves, on each other and upon your earth. Soothe the suffering in the name of peace. Make us lovers of peace, for your sake. Amen.

To listen to this prayer and "Pipes of Peace" written by Marcus Hummon and performed by Marcus and Chris Roberts, click here.