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Bring Us This Peace

A Special Devotional and Prayer in Response to the Events Unfolding in Washington DC, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from Jonathan Moelker


Psalm 29: 10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever 11 May the Lord give strength to his people!  May the Lord bless his people with peace.

The events of today have left me and the country shaken.  We see the chaos that inhabits our country.  At times like this, I feel untethered, adrift in a flood.  I am reminded by Psalm 29 that God is our anchor, even through such a flood of chaos as we have seen in Washington today.

Saying the Lord is king does not mean we always see the truth of these words in our lives.  Today, it is hard for me to see the organized kingdom of God amidst the tear gas and riot gear, the banners and camouflage.

So, I offer these words of the Psalm back as a prayer to God.  Please pray with me:


Lord,

Give strength to your people.
We need fortitude to endure the twists and turns of our nation.
Bless us with peace,
for we cannot find it today,
in our nation or in our heart.
We are adrift in the chaos of the flood.
But you rule over the waters, even these waters.
We ask you, as our God,
to bring us peace.
Your peace exists when we love and respect each other,
when we understand the fear and pain of those who are different from us.
Bring us this peace.  Bring us this peace.

Amen.

About the Author
Jonathan is the Assistant to the Pastor at NHPC. He stumbled into New Hanover Presbyterian while he was doing his church internship for seminary and loved it from the first minute. He recently finished his Masters of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary and is currently working on his Masters of Theology at that same institution. Before he discerned a call into ministry, Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee and still tries to watch whenever the Vols play. In addition to the church, Jonathan spends his time as a runner and a reader of fiction.