An Instrument of Peace

By Adebunmi Olajide, 22-year-old, Nigeria

In a world where news of war and rumors of war are regular bulletins on our television, newspapers, magazines, and Internet, how can we as God’s children be His instruments of peace? We live in an era where we hear of war breaking out in some places around the world constantly, with more than thousands of lives being injured and killed, and mounting tensions among nations.

How can we as God’s children be His instruments of peace in a world like this? We can by asking God to help us. We pray:

Oh Lord,
Even when we are at WAR, make us instruments of your PEACE
Where there is HATRED, let us plant the seed of your LOVE
Where there is INJURY, let us plant the seed of your PARDON
Where there is DOUBT, let us plant the seed of your FAITH
Where there is DESPAIR, let us plant the seed of your HOPE
Where there is DARKNESS, let us plant the seed of your LIGHT
Where there is SADNESS, let us plant the seed of your JOY

Oh Lord,
Even when we are at WAR, make us instruments of your PEACE
Where there is INJUSTICE, let us plant the seed of HUMILITY
Where there is ANGER, let us plant the seed of RESTRAINT
Where there is BRUTALITY, let us plant the seed of KINDNESS
Where there is FEAR, let us plant the seed of COURAGE
Where there is BLINDNESS, let us plant the seed of WISDOM

Oh Lord,
Even when we are at WAR, make us instruments of your PEACE
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be CONSOLED as to CONSOLE
To be UNDERSTOOD as to UNDERSTAND
To be LOVED as to LOVE
For it is in GIVING that we RECEIVE
It is in PARDONING that we are PARDONED
And it is in DYING [to ourselves] that we are most ALIVE.

Oh Lord,
Even when we are at WAR, make us instruments of your PEACE
TAKE the GOOD SEEDS that we PLANT and GROW them into BLESSINGS
For the sake of your name and your kingdom. AMEN.

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