By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Great Physician, Prince of Peace, Lord of the Sabbath,
Where can we find shalom but with you? Holy Spirit grant us your peace. As our bodies are at war within us . . . We want to be filled with your peace, but impatiently fill our stomachs beyond need, imprudently pop pills for the slightest ailments, and tirelessly talk about religion without making room for you in our busy schedules. Heal our hearts, bodies, and minds; grant us your peace.
Where can we find shalom but with you? Gentle Father grant us your peace. As we neglect our fellowship with you . . . We want to be faithful worshipers, servants, and ministers. We serve you but we focus more on getting our own way, unfaithfully constructing idols of things great and small, hoping in total foolishness to bribe and control you. Forgive our sin; look beyond our transgressions; pardon our iniquity.
Where can we find shalom but with you? Jesus grant us your peace. As our relationships are in tatters…We want to be faithful children, parents, and spouses—not demanding more from others than from ourselves. Heal our families and relationships; grant us your peace.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.