Interfaith Prayer for Peace

By: Brendan Busse, SJ

A prayer written for the Interfaith Prayer for Peace service held in the St. Ignatius Chapel on the Seattle University campus, February 6th, 2014.

You are justice and peace.  You are freedom and love.

You who put the darkness in its place and filled the heavens with light.  You who gave direction to the lost and comfort to the lonely.

You are justice and peace.  You are freedom and love.

You who made a promise to Abraham and Sarah and Moses and Miriam and Ruth.  You who led the slaves out of Egypt and delivered water from the rock and bread from the sky.

You are justice and peace.  You are freedom and love.

You who ask us to care for the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner.  You who demand that we turn our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks.  You who heard our songs by the rivers of Babylon where we sat down and wept.

You are justice and peace.  You are freedom and love.

You who look upon our humiliation in kindness, who give breath to the poets and the prophets.  You who created us from a single soul then separated us into nations and tribes that we might know who another.  (Quran 49:13) You who want us to know one another.

You are justice and peace.  You are freedom and love.

We come before you now, for a moment, in prayer, for a break, in our work.  We come before you always and forever, longing…for justice and peace…for freedom and love.

We ask you now to guide us, to hear our prayers, to open our hearts, to inspire our works, that we may come to know you more and more…as we come to know these beloved friends and dear ones with whom we stand today.  For we know that when we sit together in mindfulness and compassion we stand together for justice and peace, for freedom and love.

We come from many roads.  We make these prayers in many languages, from diverse traditions, teachings and tribes, but we make them here together in a community of courage and of hope…For we know that you are justice and peace.  you are freedom and love.

 

Brendan Busse

 

Brendan Busse, SJ currently teaches in the Matteo Ricci College of Seattle University.

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