I awaken to the early morning peace,
and I praise you, Lord, for the promise of the morning.
In this new day
let my desire for peace
become something more than
a fond hope, a plaintive song,
an emotional high, a political slogan,
a patch on my blue jeans.
Let the reality of peace,
all of its rich connotations-
wholeness and concern,
cooperation, selflessness, communion--
take root and grow within me.
May I take peace behind the wheel of my automobile,
peace into the supermarket,
discount store, and coffee shop.
May peace be with me in my workplace,
setting the boundaries, determining the textures
of all my words and actions.
As I break bread with my family and friends,
may that bread become a sacrament of peace.
If I should differ and dispute with those around me,
may I differ within the overarching context
of that basic regard for the dignity of all your children
which is at the heart of all true peace, Lord.
So let this active,
all-encompassing power of peace
become the source and the goal of all my living.
And thus, may I know something
of that peculiar blessedness you have promised
to all true peacemakers
through the Prince of Peace.