Minister's Minute: Peace on Earth

One of the special things about Christmastime is the longing for peace frequently expressed in Christmas cards, greetings and prayers — inner peace, peace in relationships and communities, world peace, peace on earth.

There’s something about the season that brings forth expressions of this longing for peace. It is a wonderful blessing that this deep urge and need surfaces so widely among those who, in religious or secular ways, observe Christmas.

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In the story of the birth of Christ, heavenly angels visit lowly shepherds with their flocks at night and proclaim peace on earth. May it be so! It’s a prayer, hope, vision and goal, we can all express, no matter who we are.

December Prayer

No matter who you are,

Say a prayer this season.

No matter what your faith,

Say a prayer this season.

No matter how you celebrate,

Say a prayer this season.

There are so many ways

To celebrate faiths,

There are so many faiths

To celebrate life.

No matter who

No matter what,

No matter how . . .

You pray.

Let’s say a prayer

This season,

Together, for peace.


Mattie J. T. Stephanek

Taken from Spirit of Hope

Quiet Moments Publishing, 2005

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