Christmas prayer for peace

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Heavenly Father, during this time of uncertainty and rapidly changing circumstances, we thank you that nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus or take away the peace he brings.

We pray for those who are mourning or sick this Christmas. We ask that they would feel your presence and know your peace.

We pray for families whose plans have been disrupted and for the many who face Christmas alone. We ask that you would draw near and comfort them.

We pray for those who are currently suffering from the effects of violence around the world and we ask you to heal their pain.

We pray for those who follow paths of violence, in the UK and in Ghana, and around the world. May your Spirit work in hearts, challenge prejudices and change attitudes.

We pray that the New Year ahead will see divisions torn down and broken relationships mended, and we ask you to help us each fulfil our personal calling as peacemakers.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus, who is our peace.

Amen