for Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Middle East
A Muslim Prayer (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
O God! O our Master! You are eternal life and everlasting peace by your essence and attributes. The everlasting peace is from You and it returns to You. O our Sustainer! Grant us the life of true peace and usher us into the abode of peace. O Glorious and Bounteous One! You are blessed and sublime.
A Jewish Prayer (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Cause us, O Father, to lie down in peace, and rise again to enjoy life. Spread over us the covering of your peace, guide us with your good counsel and save us for the sake of your name. Be a shield about us, turning away every enemy, disease, violence, hunger and sorrow. Shelter us in the shadow of your wings, for you are a God who guards and protects us, a ruler of mercy and compassion…. Blessed are you, Lord, who spreads the shelter of peace over us, over His people Israel, and over all the world.
Let us pray then
, with all fervour for this peace which our Divine redeemer came to bring us. May he banish from the souls of all people whatever might endanger peace. May he transform all people into witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly and sisterly love. May he illumine with his light the minds of rulers, so that, besides caring for the proper material welfare of their peoples, they may also guarantee them the fairest gift of peace. (Pacem in Terris)
How does the Lord want to transform me into a 'witness' of peace? Can I be open to this as I ponder God's Word today?
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