IMG_7513Holy God,
When there are wars and rumors of wars
Grant us your peace.
When our technology advances more quickly than our ethics,
Protect us from ourselves.
When political pride threatens innocent lives,
Show us your mercy.
When we seek “our” safety by detaining and deporting “them,”
Transform our thinking.
When we try to assure our own security through stinginess and violence,
Forgive us.

Let us remember that You, O God, are our keeper and our shade.
You will keep our lives.
You will keep our going out and our coming in
From this day forth and forever more.

Rev.  Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. She blogs at

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