The following prayer is intended to be sent directly to the people who have the power to reverse the rush to war — the President and his advisors, our Senators and Representatives, the media and, of course, U.S. citizens:
As we stand at the brink of war, this is my prayer for you:
Be an instrument of peace.
Peace with justice.
Peace with hope.
Peace without war.
Why a prayer?
Because, people of faith believe that prayer changes things.
Every Sunday, congregations pray that our elected officials find a peaceful solution to threats. It's time they know just how intently we are praying for them. A prayer recited over and over again becomes a mantra. And so this little prayer, recited on voice mails, sent in note cards, faxed and e-mailed, repeated regularly by a vast number of people, can become a steady, gentle, powerful mantra for peace.
How to deliver this prayer:
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- In person. Call the people who most need this prayer and leave it on their voice mail or recite it to the person who answers the phone. Phone and address information for Congress can be found at thomas.loc.gov. For the White House see www.whitehouse.gov.
- By e-mail or fax. See contact information above for elected officials. Forward this message to others on your e-mail list and invite them to join the mantra for peace.
- In prayer services. Bless one another with this prayer and recite it together. Provide the note cards, envelopes, stamps and addresses and allow time for people to personalize, sign and address their prayers. Collect them and mail them.
- In the Sunday bulletin. Include this prayer and its purpose in a bulletin announcement so that others in your faith community can join the mantra.
- In families. Recite the prayer together before or after meals. Include it among the bedtime prayers, or any time the family gathers to pray.
- In personal prayer. Visualize a person who has the power to lead us from the brink of war as you quietly repeat this mantra.
- Persistently and with faith. Consider committing to deliver this prayer daily to one or several people who need it.
See contact information above for elected officials. Forward this message to others on your e-mail list and invite them to join the mantra for peace.
What if war should begin?
Just as our desire for peace will continue should war begin, so must our active prayer for peace. Adjust the prayer slightly and keep the mantra going.
Thank you for your faithful, hopeful commitment to peace.