(The Lord) shall judge between nations and arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2.4)
O Lord, you are the God of peace; the concord that is the fruit of righteousness, right relationship with you, your creation, and all peoples.
And we, your creatures, from the dawn of time, in denial and defiance of your word, continue to manufacture reasons to beat our ploughshares into swords, our pruning hooks into spears.
Your people, our sisters and brothers of Ukraine, under gravest threat from the East, cry out to you, whose sovereignty encompasses all corners of the globe, for relief.
O Lord, by your Spirit, in the power of hope, move the hearts of all to pray for your peace and the hands of nations to resist the proud.
And, in the meantime, as mortal wills have their way, by your Spirit, salve the wounds of the injured, sanctify the souls of the dead, and save the fleeing fretful from further harm.
And, in all things, by your Spirit, hasten the time when we, whomever and wherever we are, heed your ageless prophetic cry to learn war no more.
I pray in the name of Jesus, your incarnate peace.
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