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Almighty and merciful God, Father of all,
Creator and Ruler of the Universe, Lord of History,
whose designs are inscrutable,
whose glory is without blemish,
whose compassion is inexhaustible,
in your will is our peace.
Teach us to be long-suffering in anguish and insecurity.
Teach us to wait and trust.
Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace.
To this Congress, our President, our military forces, and our adversaries.
Grant us to see your face in the lightning of this cosmic storm.
O God of holiness,
Grant us to seek peace where it is truly found!
In your will, O God, is our peace!
Thomas Merton,1915 – 1968, American Catholic writer and Trappist monk
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.