INTRODUCTION for the Christmastide Prayers for Peace Series
It occurs to me that these twelve days of Christmas, beginning Christmas Day and ending January 5, are an ideal time to pray for peace for the new year.
Care to join me this Christmastide in 12 Prayers for Peace?
In closing one year and preparing for the next, I plan to enter into the 12 prayers found within the gentle yet powerful prayer attributed to St. Francis.
I hope to hear with fresh ears these sweet words that have become so comforting yet sometimes rote. In asking that I may be made a channel of God’s peace, I hope to find encouragement to see – and feel – and let go of – what shows up as spiritual resistance or emotional road blocks to the peace of God’s thorough and equitable Love.
Here’s how it works:
Beginning Christmas Day, I will post twelve daily prompts associated with the St. Francis Prayer*. As this is a contemplative practice of written prayer, each prompt will include a suggestion for entering and examining the St. Francis Prayer through journaling and reflection. By the end of the twelve days of Christmas, on the Twelfth Night (the Eve of Epiphany), we will have personally encountered all of the petitions for peace within the Prayer of St. Francis. And hopefully have a deeper experience of being in – or being – a channel of God’s peace.
The first post will go up on Christmas Day, December 25th.
May the peace of God’s love be with you and yours, now and always.
“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
*The Prayer of St. Francis, as presented in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, will be added to each post for easy reference. Of course, feel free to reference your favorite version. The spirit of the practice will translate through all versions of the prayer.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a public forum and comments and questions are always welcomed, but please be thoughtful and respectful to the journey for yourself and for others. Please also know that I welcome hearing from you directly about your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions during and after this Christmastide season. firstname.lastname@example.org