Great God, who told us "Vengeance is mine," save us from ourselves,
Save us from the vengeance in our hearts and the acid in our souls.
Save us from the desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.
Give us whatever strength it takes to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear, to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.
O God, we ask for the grace to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people to understand the fears
and hopes of other peoples.
We ask for the love it takes to bequeath to the children
of the world to come more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes to care for all the peoples
of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
as well as for ourselves.
O God, give us the depth of soul to constrain our might,
to resist the temptations of power,
to refuse to attack the attackable,
to understand that vengeance begets violence
and to bring peace, not war, wherever we go.
For you, O God, have been merciful to us.
For you, O God, have been patient with us.
For you, O God, have been gracious to us.
So may we too be merciful and patient and gracious and trusting
with these others whom you love.
This we ask through Jesus,
the One without vengeance in his heart
the One who comes to being peace on earth.
This we ask forever and ever. AMEN!