Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem. It's a song I learned as a Girl Scout. It's the ringtone for my phone. It's also a sweet, sweet prayer.

It's Latin. The English translates to "Grant us Peace" or "Have mercy on us".

This time of year, especially. As the germs make their way around the schools. As the ice storms come. As the intensity of the holiday season builds. Grant us peace. Have mercy on us.

Ah, but You already have. You have given us peace. Your mercy rains down upon us every day.

All we have to do is to realize the gift is for us, to accept it, and to open it with the joy and enthusiasm of a child on Christmas morning.... or the shepherds on the first Christmas morning.

May I see the gift that is before me.... even when it is not wrapped exactly as I expect it to be.

May I accept it and open it with joy.

May I thank You daily for the gift and for the mercy that is continually extended to me.

Help me to see clearly.

Help me to extend grace, and peace, and joy and love.

Give me hope.

May it shine through me to the lives of others.

May they see You.

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