This week's pastoral prayer remembers that the origins of Mother's Day were rooted in hopes for peace: hopes that mothers of differing perspectives and even differing nations could all teach their sons not to harm one another, and so they could bring about an end to war.
Into life, Holy One, is where you are always calling us.
Into life, and so into community.
Into life, and so into love.
You are always calling us, guiding us, this way.
We give thanks that you are persistent.
That you don’t give up on us, even when we’re not easy.
We give thanks that your grace enfolds us at every turn,
that your love wraps around us and holds us close,
that your faith in us means we can never really be lost,
however we might feel.
This day and all our days, God,
we pray for peace –
in our hearts, and in our homes,
and in our streets, and in our communities.
We pray for peace between neighbors and peace between nations.
We pray for the peace of Christ – deep, abiding, healing, justice-making peace –
to be in and around and through all things.
And we pray that when we need that peace, we might be open to receive it.
And we pray that where we can give peace,
we might be courageous enough to offer it. And we ask,
Gracious One, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.