A true idiom says of peace amongst human beings: “Peace nourishes, while war devours!” Such peace is a very delicate matter and there are so many troublemakers, that we have to seek peace diligently and fervently. If peace wants to slip away, we should pursue it urgently and spare no trouble to get it back. Dear old peace is worthwhile all sorts of effort and going all the distance to try to keep and maintain it. Peace makes up more than half of all our good days. Yet it would be a big mistake to think that peace is just a product of human endeavor, work and strategy. Peace is like all good seeds that only sprout and flourish under God’s blessing. So we don’t just need two partners to make peace, but rather three. For the Lord our God is the maker and giver of peace. Without his blessing all our efforts remain in vain. He, the almighty God has given peace his blessings. He crowns peace with good days and lets the peaceable live secure and in quietness. With his good care and watchful eye, he precedes their efforts to watch over them and grant them peace. The Psalmist describes it well: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psa 91:1-2 NIV)
O God of peace, grant your peace to all, who ask you for it. Grant peace to our conscience, our homes, our congregations and communities, your Church and to our nation and continent. Lord, you have in the past been merciful to our fathers, be merciful to us also and grant us your peace here in this age and there in eternity. Amen.
Give good governance to those in office and grant righteousness to all that peace and goodness embrace each other in our land and bless both employer and employee.
Grant good peace and let all our enemies tire, give good air to breath and spare us with hard times when all cry in vain for daily bread and a safe haven to rest.
O Lord, you are the one, who grants all this in mercy and your good will. We pray and close with “Amen” trusting in Jesus name for you to hear us. (Benjamin Schmolck, 1672-1737)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Wednesday after the fifth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 253 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.