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The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5

We think today about preparing, getting ready and looking forward. We are also all looking forward to the coming of God’s gift of love, Jesus.

We pray for peace in the world:

God of love,

We pray for peace in our world, and an end to war.

Instead of hatred, let there be love.

Shelter your children and protect us.

Guide us and keep us from harm,

so we can build a world of love and live our lives in peace.

Amen.