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Longing for Peace

December 2023
Francisco Burgos

“Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.” 

Psalm 85:10-11 (NIV) 

Creator Spirit,
make me an instrument of your peace
bread in the hands of the hungry
blanket for those who are cold
water for the thirsty.  

Loving Spirit,
make me an instrument of your justice
a voice that proclaims joy and hope
an artisan of liberation 
capable of transforming the cruel reality of everyday life
into gardens of peace and solidarity.  

Spirit that dwells within us,
make me an instrument of your love
an open heart for listening and companionship
a balm for those who are discarded
for those who live under the weight of loneliness.  

Spirit that dwells in the heart 
where transformation is brewing,
make me an instrument of community and work
a living kiss of righteousness and peace
a soft and humble prayer carried by the fire
that illuminates and warms all life.