Prayer for October 3: Please pray with me. God of peace, you call on us to be peacemakers, not just peace experiencers. Yes, we need your peace! That is the understatement of the history. We are a people who lean towards division and violence to “solve” our problems. Yet, in the history of humanity, those ways just don’t work. We yearn for peace, but aren’t willing to try it in the thick of anxiety and stress. We put it aside as foolishness and instead go with the wisdom of the world which ends up costing lives and destroying so much. Send us out to be peacemakers – to insert peace where peace is not known. To risk being peacemakers in the midst of conflict and strife. To risk being peacemakers in the midst of war. To risk being peacemakers so that we know what true peace is. Give us the courage to be peacemakers. Amen.