Reading and Prayer – November 10

Reading: Isaiah 40:6-8

A voice says, “Cry out.”

    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,

    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.

    Surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    but the word of our God endures forever.”

Prayer

Our Lord;

In this week of remembrance we look for peace, we long for peace.

We pray not only peace for the world, but for our own lives, 

for in our lives we have often traded peace for discord.

Forgive us our sins against peace.

Forgive us for being quick to accuse and slow to forgive.

Forgive us for bitter instead of loving words.

Forgive us for conflict instead of collaboration.

Forgive us for selfish pride instead of a humble spirit.

Forgive us for all that is within us that leads to bitterness, 

               accusation, selfishness, conflict, and war.

Forgive us for being so much like ourselves and so little like you, 

the Prince of Peace.

Amen.