We are only 28 days from departure. Our preparation for Africa comes with a special recognition and a prayer. We seek to help in God’s good work of bringing peace to a world in conflict. We want to see Him in others and pray that they will see Him in us.
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Robyn Short, a member of our team, published a book in 2013 entitled Prayers for Peace. As I pick it up each day, I’ve found peace by saying the prayers she has penned. This one, in particular, has blessed me as I think about our trip and the work ahead in Africa. Yet, it covers each and every day at home.
I pray your blessing on myself and all those whose lives I touch today. May every encounter be a holy encounter filled with opportunities for giving and receiving. May I give with a pure heart and receive with gratitude. May I recognize the Divine in each person I encounter, and may each person in turn recognize the Divine in me.
I choose to recognize that every interaction I have with another individual today is an opportunity for practicing peace. May my heart become so skilled at peace that practice quickly becomes permanent and that I may become a constant embodiment of Your love in this World.
“May I recognize the Divine in each person I encounter, and may each person in turn recognize the Divine in me.”
That’s the reason why peace is so important. It is through peacemakers and people of peace that we see God.