WEEK 5, DAY 29: BRING PEACE
Bring Peace by Cambron Wright, Asbury UMC
Scripture Reference: Esther 6
O God, you who separated the light from the darkness
You who pulled apart the day from the night
You who divided the land from the sea
You who worked the Sabbath into our chaotic cosmos
We ask you once again to bring peace and rest
To our chaotic lives
We have been pulled apart and need your mending Spirit
Bring peace to those of us who lay anxiously upon our beds
Bring peace to those of us who are waiting for answers
Bring peace to those of us trapped up with air,
longing for a chance to exhale
Bring peace to those of us in pain
Bring peace to those of us who have lost our faith
Bring peace to those of us who have lost our church
Bring peace to those of us stuck in our homes
Bring peace to those of us stuck in our fears
Bring peace to those of us addicted to that which brings us shame
Bring peace to those of us addicted to that which brings us pain
Bring peace that is beyond our ability to understand
O God, we look without and we look within,
Where can your peace be found?
We have been pulled this way and that
By the competing desires of this weary world
We have been courted by comfort and tempted by fame
And tricked by wealth and seduced by success
And it has all come up empty
It has all been found wanting
Oh God, Oh Father,
Where can your children find your peace?
O God, who brought order to the cosmos,
Bring order to our hearts!
Our hearts are restless,
Our hearts are homeless,
Lead us, light by light,
right into your very depths.
Bring us, step by painful step,
To the center of your beating heart,
That ancient cross-borne hill,
The Skull, old Golgotha,
the dying, dusty rock,
the root of our salvation,
the bloody branch that brings us life.
O Father, let us witness where your peace is found.
Make us to kneel before your peace’s prince,
Our Lord Jesus, Your Beloved, Your Son,
Hanging with the weight of all that brings us pain.
And in that pain, by his Spirit,
let us hear the good news once again:
That we were lost, but now are found.
We were condemned, and now have life.
We were pulled apart, and now:
Shalom breaks forth in every heart.
O God of peace,
make us peacemakers
Until we rest in thee.