Daily Bread April 16

A Prayer for Peace
Coralie Rose of Brighton, CO, USA

Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
    and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace,
    and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
    in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. -Isaiah 32:16-18

God of Us All

Known by your many names we follow you by many paths.
We acknowledge our wandering ways even as we seek your guiding presence.
In quiet moments we sense a mist of your love surrounding us.
Our vision expands to further discover this world’s intricate design.
Numberless hopes of earth’s inhabitants reach for perfect peace.
Peace beckons before us, ethereal as a translucent rainbow of countless water droplets.
As we learn droplets of justice, mercy, appreciation of others, kindness, and joy,
          may we color rainbows of peace over our restless world.

In Jesus’ name,

Prayer Phrase

“Every breath is a resurrection” (Gregory Orr).

Spiritual Practice

Breath of Life

Take a few moments right now to breathe. Simply observe each inhale and exhale. Pay attention to how it feels in your body. Notice the rise and fall of your chest. Notice how you breathe even when you aren’t thinking about it, how your body instinctively knows how to keep you alive without your thought or effort. In this moment, you are alive. Receive this awareness as an expression of divine grace. In joy or despair, loss or celebration, your body continues breathing. How is your breath a resurrection this day?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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