this troubled and divided world

Garden of Eden, Metropolitan Museum of Art , Public Domain
 
Look in compassion, O heavenly Father,
    upon this troubled and divided world.
Though we cannot trace your footsteps 
    or understand your working,
    give us grace to trust you with an undoubting faith;
 and when your own time is come,
    reveal, O Lord, that new heaven and new earth
    wherein dwells righteousness,
    where the Prince of Peace rules,
    your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Charles Vaughan, 1816 – 1897, English scholar and Anglican churchman
 
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For behold, I create new heavens
    and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
    or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
    in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
    and her people to be a gladness.

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Inviting the Trinity

Father, grant that I may always turn to you in prayer for every need –
  for my needs,
  for the needs of your Church, and
  for the needs of your world.
Jesus, grant I may always meditate on your love –
  manifest within my heart,
  manifest in your Church, and
  manifest throughout your world.
Spirit, grant that I may always be a channel of your grace –
  grace within my own thoughts and emotions,
  grace within your Church, and
  grace within your world.
Holy Trinity, grant that I may glorify you in all my actions –
  privately in my home, and
  publicly in your Church and your world.

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