Shekinah Glory

Tuesday Prayer
May 8, 2007, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Bible, Christianity, God, Grace, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Spirituality, Tuesday Prayer

Holy One,

Give our enemies
the peace we desire.



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This is part of a story written by Mark Twain. In it after some people pray for victory during a war an angel enters their church and points out the outspoken element in their prayers. The whole thing is worth a read ( His publisher would not publish this story during his life. Enjoy PoD:

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of
love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

[After a pause. ] “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! — The messenger of the Most High waits!”

It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.

Comment by agathos

I thought that I had heard all of Twain’s late stories. I must have overlooked this one. Which collection is it in? That is really powerful. I must admit that this is a prayer that I have heard and started using, it is not original.


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