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“You will forget your misery;
    you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
And your life will be brighter than the noonday;
    its darkness will be like the morning.
And you will have confidence, because there is hope;
    you will be protected[g] and take your rest in safety.
You will lie down, and no one will make you afraid;
    many will entreat your favor.”

Job 11: 16-19


Creator God, You desire your people to live in peace and harmony with one another.  While we await the Peaceable Kingdom, we live In Hope!  Hope for an equitable dispersal of the vaccine, hope for peace in our Country, and hope for the end of” every “ism” that separates all your people.  Shalom!  Amen!

Gerry Rickel, Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Thank you for participating in our weekly invitation to prayer. We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.” Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.